Montville school board gets budget request for 2014-15

Montville - Acting Superintendent Brian Levesque presented a 2014-15 school budget with a 1.85 percent increase to the Board of Education Tuesday for consideration.

Levesque compensated for a 3.4 percent increase in the regular education budget by cutting one position from the central office administration.

The $37,310,368 proposed budget includes higher estimates for staffing, technology and supply costs than the 2013-2014 budget. In addition to negotiated salary increases for staff, said Levesque, technology costs are increasing because the district would like to implement a four-year plan to replace teachers' laptops. The plan would start by replacing Montville High School laptops in the coming year, a $109,000 cost.

The current laptops will be used in other areas of the school system but will not be replaced when they are no longer usable, said the acting superintendent.

The line item for supplies increased, said Levesque, because the district has historically overspent the budget for supplies.

"I really, strongly believe our budget should reflect our spending," he said.

Levesque compensated for the increased line items by eliminating the position of curriculum director in the district's central office. Since Superintendent Pamela Aubin took a leave of absence in August and said she would resign in July 2014, the district's central office has been operating with one less administrator than usual. Levesque, the assistant superintendent, became acting superintendent, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Laurie Pallin became acting assistant superintendent, leaving her former position empty.

The office has been operating fine without a curriculum director and including the position in the 2014-2015 budget would increase the total budget by one-half percent, said Levesque.

The Board of Education will discuss Levesque's proposed budget at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4.

k.catalfamo@theday.com

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