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Supt.: Trumbull Ed Budget Proposal Preserves Staffing

Trumbull Supt. Gary Cialfi
Trumbull Supt. Gary Cialfi
The Board of Education has recommended an increase of 2.9 percent in the 2014-2015 budget, less than the 3.69 percent proposed by Supt. Gary Cialfi.

But Cialfi's goals for the budget remain intact, he said.

"Everything that was requested is untouched in terms of staffing," Cialfi said Wednesday.

"I'm always concerned we need to preserve programs and staff. We need to motivate each student. We absolutely need to maintain our superior rankings, which are justified by student performance data," the superintendent said.

Cialfi's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 called for $96.4 million, a 3.69 percent increase over the current budget.

The Board of Education trimmed the increase by $733,000, coming from transportation, benefits, leaves of absence and curriculum development. The new recommendation is about $95.7 million.

Cialfi said he will meet with First Selectman Tim Herbst next week about his education budget recommendation.
Robert Pattinson January 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Can someone please explain to me why EVERY SINGLE YEAR there is an increase in the BOE budget. I mean I have yet to see a single year that keeps funding the same as the year previous.
Cindy Katske January 10, 2014 at 05:02 PM
80% of the BOE budget is devoted to salaries and benefits. When salaries go up per negotiated contracts, it becomes very difficult to see a resulting budget that is flat. An additional 3% pays for utilities and energy, and 5% goes towards bus transportation, resulting in very little wiggle room in the budget. And we are talking about a budget that does little to move the district forward. The THS PTSA is hosting a presentation of the PTSA Council's ABC's of the Education Budget on Monday night, January 13, at 7pm in the Senior Lounge at THS. Please consider coming to listen to this informative presentation that talks about the Trumbull education budget and the budget process.

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