After expressing concern about the lack of funding and going over the spending proposals for every department, the Bethel Budget Committee has approved the budget plan for the coming school year.
The School Board is scheduled to adopt the plan at its June 26th meeting.
The district faces a $2.3 million budget gap but intends to avoid increasing class sizes by instead using budget reduction days.
The budget tentatively calls for 10 budget reduction days. The Bethel Calendar Committee will meet next week to determine which days to cut, and develop a plan to restore those days should funding become available.
You are encouraged to email your legislators (Rep. Julie Fahey and Sen. James Manning…he’s on our budget committee!) and let them know your thoughts. They want to hear from you, and it’s likely you have something to say.
The Bethel School District Budget Committee will meet for a second time at the District Office, Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. The agenda includes discussion of budgets for Elementary, K-8, Middle School and High School Programs, Administration, Special Services, All Schools, Other Funds and General Fund Revenue. The committee may approve the budget. An alternate date for approval of the budget is Thursday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m.