STAMFORD, Conn. — The Stamford community came to the support of the Board of Education’s proposed spending plan during a public hearing Tuesday.
“There is really nothing more that can be cut,” Stephanie O’Shea said of the school’s proposed $245.8 million spending plan, “Our kids are relying on you to do the right thing.”
“As a city, funding our schools is one of the best investments you can make,” Tricia Lavalle said.
“I know it's an increase, but it’s a valuable increase,” Cande Yeager said.
Cami Murace, who is a teacher and a parent in the city, said she and her colleagues are already stretched thin. With the expected enrollment increases and the state’s core curriculum, the additional kindergarten teachers in the budget are needed, she said.
“I know my kids deserve better, my students deserve better, and all of Stamford Public School kids deserve better,” Murace told the members of the city’s Board of Finance and Fiscal Committee of the Board of Representatives.
Earlier this month, Mayor Michael Pavia presented his $495.8 million plan, which calls for an increase of $16 million or 4.8 percent from this year. It would increase the mill rate to 24.08 mills from 17.79 mills, unless cuts are made.
Both the Board of Finance and the Fiscal Committee will be holding meetings with the various department heads throughout spring about their spending plans.
After the meetings, the finance board can make any cuts to the mayor’s spending plan before approving it and sending it to the Board of Representatives. The representatives will then be able to make cuts to the plan before final approval in May.
You can view the mayor’s full proposal here.
Comments can be still be sent to the Board of Representatives and Board of Finance.