2019-2020 Budget

2019-2020 Budget
Posted on 02/20/2019
Bloomfield Schools LogoCiting substantial increases in health insurance, Superintendent Dr. James Thompson Jr. is proposing a 2019-20 board of education budget of $46.79 million – an increase of $4.62 million or 10.98% over current spending.

The health insurance increase, including a rise in claims, comprises 7.43%, or $3.1 million, of the proposed budget increase. Tuition increases for special needs and magnet school students make up another 1.8% of the increase.

For the last few months, district administrators have talked with parents who have been advocating for more resources in the public schools.  As a result of those discussions – and in collaboration with school leaders -- the spending plan calls for the addition of 11 teachers, seven support staff and technology upgrades. The proposed increase in staff is approximately $1.1 million.

Significant reductions in central office staff, projected to save at least $540,000, are part of this proposal.

Over Thompson’s eight previous years as schools chief, the board of education budget has seen an average annual increase of 1.14% percent, or $450,883 per year. This includes four consecutive years, from 2012 to 2015, of a zero-percent increase in spending.

“We have a track record of being fiscally prudent with our education budget,” Thompson said. “This is a year in which we were committed to making more strategic investments in the schools.  These significant increases in insurance costs were something we did not fully anticipate. This proposal allows us to sustain the momentum of the district’s academic growth, while also addressing the increase in health insurance costs.”

Thompson – Connecticut’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year - noted that the district was recently recognized statewide and nationally for double-digit increases in Reading/Writing and Math on SAT scores for high school juniors. The district also delivered double-digit increases for third and seventh grade students (in English and Math), and fifth graders (in Math) on the recent Smarter Balance Assessments.

The proposed spending plan must be approved by the Board of Education, which meets February 28 to vote on the budget. The town council will have final approval.
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