District News & Announcements
Summer Camps website. Program brochures are also available at the Glastonbury Public Schools Central Operations office, 628 Hebron Avenue, building two.
Students, families, and the entire Glastonbury community is invited to the Foreign Language Literacies Showcase scheduled for March 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Smith Middle School. This is a fun evening that will showcase the ways students develop 21st century skills in making cross-cultural connections and building global communities. Projects and activities from grades one to twelve will be on display. Free and open to the public. We hope you will join us! For more information, please call 860-652-7954.
The Board of Finance has recommended a $3 million reduction to the Board of Education budget for next year. This large reduction is in response to the Governor’s proposed state budget which greatly diminished our Town’s Education Cost Sharing grant (a decrease of $6.5 million) and shifted a portion of the cost of teacher retirement pensions from the state budget to town budgets (in our case, an additional $5.1 million for our taxpayers to fund). If passed as presented by Governor Malloy, these two measures could have a powerfully negative impact on both the tax burden for Glastonbury citizens and the level of services provided. However, due to the number of towns that would be adversely affected by these proposals, we do not expect them to pass the state legislature. At this time our plan is to be patient and to communicate and collaborate with our town leaders and our community members to ensure that in June we have an education budget that supports Glastonbury students. We will remain reasonable, realistic, and resolute as we monitor the state’s budget process, push for changes, and explore all options to protect our town’s educational system. To view budget documents, learn about the school budget process, and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.
Our Board of Education is currently discussing a reduction in the scope and plan for air conditioning our schools. While the overall cooling of the entire school is preferable, the critical need for cooling is in classrooms where the majority of learning takes place for students. By choosing a different type of cooling system (ductless split air conditioning) that cools classrooms and small learning areas but not larger areas such as the library, cafeteria, hallways, and gymnasiums, we could cool the classrooms at a greatly reduced cost. We are still working with the Town of Glastonbury to verify cost estimates for using this system at Buttonball Lane, Hebron Avenue, Hopewell, Naubuc and Gideon Welles Schools, but we estimate that the entire project could fall below $2 million. Our original plan for installing central air conditioning in the buildings would cost the town approximately $12.8 million after a projected 33% state reimbursement for the project. In light of the current economic climate and potential elimination of state reimbursements for construction, we strongly recommend this new scope and plan. It will most certainly improve the learning environment in our schools at a considerably better cost. More information is available in the Air Conditioning Revised Scope and Plan Executive Summary and Presentation from the January 23, 2017 Board of Education Meeting.
At the January 9th Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to adopt a $104.4 million education budget for the 2017-18 school year. This represents a 3.03% increase over the current year's budget. It is a status quo budget with increases driven by salaries and benefits. A total of 10 teaching positions are scheduled to be eliminated in response to declining student enrollment. The Superintendent and the Chairman of the Board of Education will present this budget at the Annual Town Meeting on January 30th (please note this change of date). The Board will then meet with the Board of Finance and the Town Council to discuss the education budget and the Town Council will vote on the final budget later in March. The Board welcomes and encourages citizen input on its budget. To view budget documents, learn about the school budget process, and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.
The Board of Education welcomes and encourages citizen input as it proceeds through the process for developing the education budget for the 2017-18 school year. Please note that after conducting two budget workshops on January 3rd and 4th the Board has cancelled the workshop scheduled for January 5th. The Board of Education will next meet on January 9, 2017 when they will vote to adopt the education budget for 2017-18. To view budget documents, learn about the school budget process, and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.
Any child who will be five years of age on or before January 1, 2018 and meets all residency requirements is eligible to begin kindergarten at the start of the 2017-18 school year. A letter will be sent in January to all potential students of whom our district is aware. The letter includes instructions for our registration process. After pre-registering students online, families will be prompted to schedule a brief session with our registrar at the central office. Families will bring the necessary documents for the registrar to scan, which will complete the process. Please complete the registration of your kindergarten student as soon as possible. Appointments with the registrar are available starting January 3rd. Visit the Kindergarten Registration webpage for more information.
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