Stamford Residents Can Comment On School Spending Plan

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Stamford parents like Regan Allan will have a chance to tell the Board of Education what they think of the proposed operating budget for next year. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

STAMFORD, Conn. - Stamford parents and other residents will have a chance to vocalize their opinions of the school superintendent’s proposed 2013-2014 budget Thursday night.

Earlier this month, Superintendent Winifred Hamilton presented her proposed $245 million spending plan to the city’s Board of Education, which would be a $8.7 million, 3.66 percent increase, compared to the current plan.

The proposed budget calls for additional teachers to be hired at the elementary level, where there is an expected student population increase; and several cuts to central office staff.

Hamilton also originally proposed adding unarmed security guards to all schools, as well.

The proposal was the third-lowest increase in the past 10 years. Her proposed budget is available online here.
Hamilton will present her proposed budget at the start of the meeting; the public will then be allowed to comment.  The Board of Education will also be present.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Westover Magnet Elementary School, 412 Stillwater Ave. There will be interpreters, and child-care available for kids 4 and older.

The board will be voting on the budget on Feb. 5. After the spending plan is approved by the school board, it will go to the mayor, the Board of Finance, and Board of Representatives.

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