CONNETQUOT SCHOOLS

Connetquot budget puts emphasis on instruction

Sam Desmond
Posted 6/4/20

PROPOSED BUDGET TOTAL: $199,437,938

Increase (from 2019-2020 budget): $5,390,810 (2.8 percent)

STATE AID: Last year, 2019-2020, the state aid given to Connetquot School District was …

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CONNETQUOT SCHOOLS

Connetquot budget puts emphasis on instruction

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PROPOSED BUDGET TOTAL: $199,437,938

Increase (from 2019-2020 budget): $5,390,810 (2.8 percent)

STATE AID: Last year, 2019-2020, the state aid given to Connetquot School District was $56,000,172 (or 28.85 percent of the total budget). Given this year’s fiscal crisis with the state from lost revenue due to COVID-19, it is anticipated that state aid will diminish by up to 20 percent. To combat this loss, the district has planned to “utilize reserves and fund balance” and also to “draw down from contingencies on the expenditure side to avoid mid-year staffing changes.”

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS: The proposed budget complies with tax-cap legislation and “places a strong emphasis on teaching and learning through the continuation of all academic programs and introduction of several new initiatives.” This includes an expansion of the FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools) program into the fourth grade.

High school health education will be addressed at lower grades to “ensure students are well-versed in keeping them- selves physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy.”

Additional security protection at all schools through “arming one of more security guards” is also included in the budget.

Note that these particular guards are ones which may be deployed to schools, but not anticipated to actively work inside the schools.

Noted increases/ decreases in budget:

Subject to new IEPs (Individual Educational Programs for special needs students), the district has included seven new paraprofessional staff with salaries ranging from $13,278 through $27,314.

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