As you know, our Board of Education recently passed the budget proposal for 2018-2019. The primary goal of the budget is to bring Shelton into the top 25% of districts in the state– a very achievable goal if provided the right resources. The budget also aims to restore 5 of the 11 teaching positions cut from the 2017-18 budget, increase the number of much needed paraprofessionals (e.g., math tutors) in our classrooms, replace broken and outdated classroom technology, and expand innovative new learning programs and internship opportunities at the Intermediate and High School levels.
Those of you who are familiar with the yearly budget process know that requests for additional funding are met with great resistance. Next year, a budget that falls well short of the current proposal will result in painful cuts and a critical lack of resources that will seriously hinder our ability to help students achieve their full potential.
To that end, we are requesting that parents, relatives, business owners, and anyone in the community who believes in the importance of a quality education, please help us magnify our call for these much needed resources. Phone calls and letters to the Aldermen, as well as your presence at budgetary meetings, are invaluable tools to help us move the needle. Attached is a sample letter that you can use as a guide for writing letters or making calls to the Aldermen.
In addition, the Board of Alderman holds meetings open for public commentary on the 2nd Thursday of each month. The date of the public budget hearing has yet to be announced, but we will let you know as soon as that meeting is scheduled.
Thanks in advance for your help with this extremely important matter.