Messages from the Superintendent:

April 25, 2016

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

I hope this message finds you well rested and relaxed after the weekend.

This past Friday, April 22nd, a message was sent communicating to you the reductions needed to compensate for the loss in Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds.  It has been brought to my attention the Board of Education Estimated 2016/2017 Reduction amount on the Board of Education 2016/2017 Proposed Budget Reductions attachment is approximately $60.00 less than what was written.   What was listed as $261,211.00 of reductions has been lowered to $261,158.00 with a total Board of Education reduction amount of $386,158.00.

The April 22nd message along with the corrected attachments have been included to this message for your reference. 

I wish you a productive week.

I remain very truly yours,

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

 

April 22, 2016

Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:

It has been some time since I communicated with you last and hope that you are enjoying the school year.

As you may be aware, the spring months are those during which the budget for the Town of Avon is finalized.  Over the duration of the past two weeks, all elected Town Boards and senior level leadership have been forced to manage an unanticipated, large reduction to Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds due to actions taken by the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee. 

With that said, I and Brandon Robertson, Avon’s Town Manager, continue to communicate with members of our state legislative delegation to explain the impact of what can best be described as a disproportionately larger reduction in ECS funds as compared to the other communities in our geographic area.  In some cases, the reduction is almost ten times more than other similar communities. What was already a reasonable and efficient budget now required significant reductions to compensate for the lost revenue being forecast.  Attached is a summary of the reductions to the district’s portion of the total budget, which were voted upon unanimously by the Board of Education at its April 19th meeting.

On a more optimistic note, I, along with the Town Manager, met with Senator Kevin Witkos on April 20th, the morning after the Board of Education meeting.  I interpreted Senator Witkos’ comments to be more encouraging compared to other comments I’ve heard.  Specifically, Senator Witkos alluded to the possibility of some restoration to the reduced ECS amount. If and when this happens, it will allow us, the Board of Education, Town Council and Board of Finance, to revisit the reduction scenario as it has been prepared.  Should we receive some restored funding and we are approved to access it by the Board of Finance, I will recommend that it be used to fill positions that have been earmarked for reduction.

It goes without saying that what we are experiencing is due to the impact of our state’s economic condition which has led to some traces of instability.  During times such as these, I believe it is imperative for all of us to exercise what our democracy affords us the opportunity to do, that being to advocate to those at the state level who are making decisions that could adversely impact our community and our schools.  Talking points and contact information for Avon’s state delegation are also attached should you wish to personally advocate for the restoration of the reduced Education Cost Sharing funds.  I am committed to continuing my efforts as the strongest advocate for our students, families, and staff.  

Thank you for your continued support of your schools and enjoy a restful weekend.

I remain very truly yours,

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

 

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