School board to present budget to finance board
Litchfield Board of Education members Wayne Shuhi, left, and Frank Simone and their colleagues have adopted a proposed budget for 2013-14. BZ photo
The Litchfield Board of Education's intense scrutiny of the budget recommended by Superintendent of Schools Deborah S. Wheeler for 2013-14 came to an end Wednesday.
The board adopted a proposed budget of $16,113,143, which is $7,342 less than the $16,120,487 spending plan Wheeler recommended in February. Wheeler's proposed budget was analyzed over two long meetings that saw the board go over the spending plan line by line.
Wheeler and school board Chairman Frank Simone will present the adopted budget to the Board of Finance on Monday at 7 p.m. at the intermediate school. The adopted budget calls for an increase in spending of $461,393, or 2.95 percent, over the current budget of $15,651,751.
This year's budget was actually $16,711,571 but was reduced to $15,651,751 when the school board last fall agreed to surrender its $1,060,000 budget for interior school maintenance to the Board of Selectmen.
The school board adjusted a few areas of Wheeler's recommended budget in reaching what it called a compromise. The board restored a first-grade teaching position Wheeler had recommended by cut due to a declining enrollment. The position's cost is $53,880. Also restored was a French teaching position that had been reduced. Restoring the position will cost $13,765.