School Board Gearing Up For Workshops

Photo Credit: Patch
Photo Credit: Patch
The first Board of Education budget workshop is scheduled for next week. 

It will be followed by three more. 

All will take place in the Tolland High School library. 

Here are the dates and times: 

• Jan. 15th, 7 p.m. 

• January 22, 7:30 p.m. (budget review and public participation sessions will be on the agenda).

• Jan. 29, 7 p.m.

• Feb 5 at 7 p.m. 

Budget workshops are opportunities for the school board to welcome and encourages citizen input as it develops the education budget for the 2014-15 school year. 

Workshop topics will include: 

During the workshops, discussions will include goals, priorities and opportunities for cost savings as they pertains to the budget. The Board of Education may modify the Superintendent's budget requests based on workshop discussions.

After completing the budget workshops, deliberating and making modifications as needed, the Board of Education is scheduled to adopt a budget at its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 12.

It will will then become part of the town manager’s community conversation session, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Fire Training Center.

Residents with questions regarding the workshops can contact the superintendent of school’s Office at 860-870-6850.
Jim Hayes January 10, 2014 at 07:30 AM
bekka7373 January 11, 2014 at 07:33 AM
Jim-curious if you would elaborate on your comment?
Jim Hayes January 11, 2014 at 08:17 PM
I truly believe that the whole true is not in any one who wholes an elected office. Now could that be 100% accurate, I hope not but I am probably not far off. I remember not to long ago that after a budget was past, all of a sudden they was extra money that was never revealed to the public. Was it a mistake or just maybe it was on purpose. What the public doesn't know wouldn't hurt them. Lets not tell them everything. Lets do what ever it takes to get it passed......And of course the high the ladder you go the more lies that come out, or maybe I should less truths. So I do not trust any one who has control over anything. Maybe I am mistaken with regards to you and if I am sorry. But that is how I feel and don't think for a minute that I am alone. We are mad about so much in your town, state and country.
Steven Jones January 13, 2014 at 05:35 PM
I'm lad the BOE has taken point to expanding public dialogue, discussion, and cooperation with residents through these workshops. The lengths they are going through (especially considering many of our neighbors serving on this board for the first time) to improve involvement and the communication of all the facts to residents before the budget referendum is both daunting and commendable. The town does not have the exact same BOE members as 2 years ago. 5 of 9 members are working in this volunteer position for the first time, and one is only serving for the second time since being elected. I hope everyone in town gives this mostly new BOE, as well as our Town Council and other Boards/Commissions with new members a chance to work towards maintaining Tolland's high-academic achievement, and to take actions that will keep our community a safe, economically vibrant town that new and old residents can proudly call their home.
Steven Jones January 15, 2014 at 07:12 AM


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