Messages from the Superintendent:

April 21, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

This message is a follow-up to my last message to you where I provided a reduction scenario which the district administrators and I felt was necessary to achieve the Board of Education’s proposed 2017-2018 budget.  The same reduction scenario was presented and discussed at the Board of Education meeting held earlier this week on April 18th.   

The Board, after having deliberated each budget reduction, has provided directives for the district to add certain items back from what was previously proposed to be reduced and to made reductions in other areas.    

Attached is a revised reduction scenario following the Board of Education’s directives.  Highlighted items on the revised scenario are changes following the Board’s directive.  Please understand that having reinstated what was previously proposed as a reduction demanded that new reductions be identified to meet the proposed budget and has in effect created new implications in the outcome of meeting the needs of the district. 

The Avon Board of Education will hold a special meeting to discuss the implementation of these new reductions.  This meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of Avon High School.  The agenda has also been attached to this message.

As we work within the restraints of what was an already tight budget with now the additional demands of meeting the 2.5% Soft Cap, I appreciate the support you’ve shown and your continued commitment to the Avon Public Schools.

With my regards,
Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools
gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

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April 17, 2017

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

As you are aware, in order for the district to comply with the 2.5% Soft Cap law that went into effect on October 1, 2016, I have had the arduous task of creating a reductions scenario to implement the Board of Education’s proposed 2017-2018 budget should it be approved at the May referendum.

At the request of the Chair of the Avon Board of Education, Houston Putnam Lowry, the attached information is being provided to help you gain a better understanding of the implications of the proposed budget.  Attached is a memorandum to the Board Chair and Board of Education members that summarizes the reductions needed as well as a spreadsheet explaining the implementation of the reductions.  Reductions were derived after meeting with the district’s administrators, which includes building principals, central leadership staff and department supervisors, where through countless hours of thought and discussion we carefully considered the impact of each reduction on the district’s function of maintaining programs and services. 

This information is only now being released to you as meetings with the five school principals as well as union leaders were again needed prior to this information being released to the community at large.  It was at today’s meeting with the principals that written notifications were distributed to allow the courtesy of principals to privately inform the individual staff members who may be impacted by the reductions. 

The attached information regarding the reductions is on the agenda to be discussed at tomorrow night’s Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, April 18th

Thank you once again for your continued support.

Respectfully,
Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools
gmala@avon.k12.ct.us

ATTACHMENT: http://www.avon.k12.ct.us/sites/avonctps/files/file/file/summary_of_redu...

 

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