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.