Hartford Public Schools’ Budget Adoption Meeting Postponed
HARTFORD (Thursday, May 12, 2016) – The Hartford Board of Education has postponed its upcoming Budget Adoption meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 17. Our schools’ budget adoption will proceed accordingly once the State of Connecticut and the City of Hartford budgets are finalized.
Due the high level of revenue uncertainty for this budget, and the impact that final budget numbers will have on our schools, staff and families, the Board of Education has decided to move the adoption meeting to a later unspecified date.
“Our families and employees deserve some measure of certainty,” said Board of Education Chairman Richard F. Wareing. “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right, to adopt a budget that supports certain expectations only to come back weeks later and have to cut millions because the state or city further reduced funding. We are going to vote, once, on a budget that contains an accurate assessment of how much money we will actually be able to spend next year.”
The Hartford Public Schools system relies heavily on city and state funding. The impact on the budget is unclear until both of those budgets are finalized.
“While uncertainty remains, it is known that after eight years of flat funding this budget will not be able to support every priority identified in our Strategic Operating Plan, but we must keep moving forward in executing our vision for equity and excellence for all students,” said schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez.