Weston School Principals Seek 1.55 Percent Budget Increase

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The budget at Hurlbutt Elementary School is projected to increase by .72 percent. Photo Credit: Ken Liebeskind

WESTON, Conn. – The principals of Weston's four public schools made budget presentations to the School Board on Tuesday night, outlining the minor changes that contribute to the total of $46,293,668 for the 2013-14 school year, a 1.55 percent increase from the current budget of $45,587,192.

Michael Cicchetti, the interim principal at Hurlbutt Elementary School, made the first presentation, detailing a budget that will increase by .72 percent. He discussed the school's highlights, which include full-day kindergarten and safety improvements, and pointed out the drop in enrollment of 36 students, most in first grade, which contributes to the staffing reduction of one teacher.

Patricia Falber, principal of Weston Intermediate School, projected a budget increase of 2.79 percent, with an enrollment drop of three students and no staff changes. Teacher salaries are up 3.11 percent due to general wage and step increases.

Amy Watkins, principal of Weston Middle School, outlined a budget of $4,834,986, a .51 percent increase over the current year. An enrollment drop of 40 students in sixth grade, with minor increases in the other grades, accounted for a net drop of 27 students.

Weston High School principal Lisa Wolak presented a budget of $5,577,260, up from the current total of $5,471,924.

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