Some savings have been found in the proposed Danbury Board of Education budget. The school's health insurer reduced the premium to $20.7 million, saving the schools $770,000. School officials say they were able to reduce the budget by an additional $455,000 because of 10 retirements announced recently by teachers.
A vote on the proposal is slated for May 9th.
Following the failed budget referendum on Tuesday, the Newtown Legislative Council met to come up with reductions to proposed to residents in another vote. The Newtown School Budget was cut by $1 million while the municipal budget was left as is.
The overall budget up for a vote on May 16th is $106.8 million, which is a 1.28 percent increase over the current year's tax and spending plan. If approved, the mill rate would be 24.6 mills.
Legislative Council members expressed disappointment that Superintendent Janet Robinson was not in attendance at the meeting Wednesday and criticized a lack of communication on why there was a spending increase while enrollment is decreasing.