What You Should Know About the Proposed School Board Budget

Avon Superintendent of Schools Gary Mala presented information about the budget to district PTO members.

There are three prongs on which the proposed 2012-13 school budget was built, Superintendent Gary Mala told members of Avon parent-teacher organizations at a budget presentation Monday evening at .

The first goal is implementing technology in the classroom so that it supplements teaching, he said. The second focus is strengthening writing through district-wide curriculum integration. Lastly, is going through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process, which will cost $14,000 in summer work.

Here are some facts you might want to know about the recommended school board operating budget.

Operating Budget Request

  • This year, the Board of Education requested a $50.8 million gross budget. The town already budgets gross, but this is the ’s first year doing so instead of presenting a net budget. With gross accounting, school revenue sources are factored in alongside projected expenditures instead of subtracted to get a bottom line net number.
  • The combined budget the Board of Finance will review amounts to $79.4 million. That includes the $50.8 million school board operating budget and the $28.3 million town budget, which comprises Avon's operating, debt services, sewer and capital improvement program budgets.

Components of the Budget

Category Budget Amount Percent of Budget Salaries and Benefits $40,396,826 79 Transportation $2,133,162 4 Special Education and Magnet Tuition $2,119,118 4 Utilities $1,514,551 3 Cafeteria, Grants, Building Use $1,446,821 3 Contracted and All Other $3,251,369 6 Total $50,861,847 100

What This Budget Would Support, If Approved

  • Wireless Internet, interactive white boards and projectors, E-books, Virtual Classroom, more re-financed desktop computers, new leases for classroom laptops, teacher training.
  • Two more teachers at Avon High School.
  • Summer work on accreditation.
  • Additional summer counselor hours ($10,000).
  • Eliminating graduating fee ($10,000).
  • The budget would bring back the late bus to the high school and middle school.
  • An athletic uniform replacement program ($30,000).
  • The addition of an ELL tutor at Thompson Brook.

What are the school district's predicted revenue sources?

  • The Avon Central Office predicts that there will be $4,019,039 in non-tax revenue. The breakdown is in the following table, which Mala presented to the join PTOs:
Revenue Source Projected Revenue for 2012-13 Budget State and Federal Grants $753,734 Cafeteria Operations $1,323,683 Building Community Use $54,000 Special Education Excess Cost $707,487 Hartford Choice Pupils $474,474 Pay to Play for Athletics $184,995 Magnet School Tuition $210,812 Cafeteria Rent $99,573 Employee Benefit Co-Pays $118,381 Student Parking $35,520 Supplemental Staffing $56,650 Total $4,019,039
  • The projected revenue that will come from property taxes and state aid is $46,842,808, Mala said.
  • The former school district that rolled over year to year was liquidated and divided up into specific line items and accounts.

Capital Improvement Program

  • The school board’s largest capital request includes $300,000 for new interactive smart boards and LCD projectors. If approved, that will come out of the proposed $1,892,783 capital improvement program budget, which is separate from the school district operating budget and encompasses town and school capital projects.
  • If approved, the proposed capital budget also supports outfitting Avon schools with wireless Internet, Mala said.

Important Budget Dates

  • The Board of Finance will review the combined proposal at its public hearing on April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center
  • The finance board's budget workshop is scheduled for April 11 at the same time and place.
  • The annual town budget meeting is scheduled for May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the senior center.
  • Doors will open there at 6 a.m. for the budget referendum will be held there on May 16.


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