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State Revenue Loses Hit Budget

The 2017-2018 budget for Region 1 was put to bed last night following a quiet public hearing. The net overall budget was up by 1.83% including Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Special Education in all seven school districts, and the central office. Of particular note was the decline in state revenue by approximately $294,000, some from Ag-Ed but most from the expected changes to Special Education. The towns may, or may not, receive some of these Special Education funds directly. The towns may, or may not, have to pay a third of the teacher retirement assessment. However, town revenues and costs are not and cannot be reflected in this budget.

The cost of medical insurance went up by 11.9% on average, reflecting the increased illness in our insurable group of roughly 1000 persons added to the increases of the system as a whole.

In contrast, the budget for Housatonic was down 1.55% reflecting the reduction of staff; a net of 3.1 teaching positions were not refilled. This is consistent with the expected 8% decline in enrollment projected for next year. The cost per pupil at the high school will nonetheless increase to $24,968.

The expected change in assessments for each town, consistent with average daily enrollment, are:

Town Assessment Change
Canaan $56,789
Cornwall $106,333
Kent $15,800
North Canaan $149,599
Salisbury $92,063
Sharon -$137,512
Total $283,071

The referendum for this budget is set for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at local town polling places.

The average cost per pupil in Connecticut for the 2015-2016 school year was $17,119. The top ten most expensive districts in the state included all the districts in Region 1.  Housatonic remains the second most expensive high school in the State of Connecticut.

District 2016 Cost Per Pupil
Cornwall $30,193
Region 12 (Shepaug) $29,202
Canaan $28,947
Sharon $28,608
Housatonic $25,143
Kent $23,589
Salisbury $23,568
Scotland $22,749
Westbrook $22,590
North Canaan $22,236

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