There’s good news as the school year approaches; Bethel is restoring two days to the end of the school calendar that had been designated as Budget Reduction Days.
The District was able to restore those days next June thanks to slight underspending at the end of the last school year, and slight increases in expected revenue.
This leaves 3 Budget Reduction Days on the calendar, necessary in order to balance the budget:\
- October 13 (a Teacher Inservice Day when students wouldn’t attend anyway)
- November 22 (day before Thanksgiving holiday)
- June 18
A revised school year calendar will be voted on by the School Board on August 28.
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.