The Region 15 Board of Education will host a public hearing on the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Pomperaug High School All-Purpose Room.
Region 15 Superintendant Dr. Frank Sippy’s 2012-13 budget proposal is $60,251,578 or no increase from the previous year. The proposed budget suggests spending increases in salaries, insurance and transportation from the previous year. The budget remains flat though, due to reductions in facilities, instructional and a large reduction in tuition costs from the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Sippy unveiled his budget recommendation in a two-part presentation to the Board of Education in February. At Monday night’s public hearing, the Board of Education will listen to public input and vote on the budget immediately following the hearing. The Board is urging residents to attend the hearing and provide input on the proposed budget.
“I encourage all members of the community to come to the Public Hearing personally to have your say on the budget,” said Board of Education member Patricia Perry. “Immediately following the Public Hearing, we will be having our regular Board of Education meeting where we will be approving the budget. It’s very important for the public to come with your opinions because a vote will be taken that night by the Board.”
The budget will go to referendum on May 2. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Southbury Firehouse and Middlebury Shepardson Center.