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Ledyard School Board Approves Zero Increase Budget

The zero increase budget includes all-day kindergarten and maintains current class size.

 

The 2013-14 school budget was approved unanimously by the Board of Education Wednesday. The final figure comes to $$29,693,964 and represents a zero increase from this year’s budget.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Graner described the budget as “something to be proud about.”

The zero-increase budget maintains class size to around 20 students to a teacher and does not make any reductions in programs or extracurricular activities, nor does it require teacher layoffs, although six teachers did opt to retire by the end of the year.

“The huge news that will really revolutionize this district is the beginning of an all-day kindergarten we’ve been talking about for years and years.”

The spending plan includes the addition of all-day kindergarten program, which actually created a cost savings by eliminating mid-day bus routes.

“I am confident we can achieve all the benefits we mentioned and provide the taxpayers with a zero increase budget.”

Board member and finance committee chair Thomas Malone described the five- to six-month process as “painstaking.”

“Everybody has put in a chip to make this work,” he said of the various groups who worked together to keep education costs down. “I wouldn’t expect the same good luck next year.”

Peace Maker February 21, 2013 at 03:26 PM
This is commendable, the the board of finance and the board of Ed can actually put forward a zero increase budget. Too bad our national government can't do the same!
Steve Eichelberg February 21, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Congratulations to the Board of Education members and Dr. Graner. Great job!!
working hard February 22, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Nice there is no increase but nine bus drivers will lose a whole days pay next year because of changes.this will be hard for them to recoup.many live in this town.

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