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Fairfield Superintendent Proposes Budget with $7.2 Million Increase

Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Title proposed a $156,171,651 budget Tuesday night, which represents a 4.86 percent increase over the current $148.9 million budget. The cost of health care is the driving factor behind the increase.

The Board of Education will grapple with the superintendent's recommended $156,171,651 budget in the coming weeks -- a figure that represents a $7.2 million or 4.86 percent increase over the current year's operating budget of $148.9 million.

"Every year, it's a challenge to create a budget for a highly regarding district and keep the increase as low as possible," Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Title said as he presented the budget to the board on Tuesday.

A sharp rise in the cost of health insurance is the major driver for the $7.2 million increase, Title said. Higher-than-expected claims made during the past 12 months along with the increased cost of services and federal mandates are to blame, he added.

To cover those expenses, the proposed budget adds $5.4 million to the health insurance account -- a bump that accounts for approximately three-quarters of the total increase over the current fiscal year's plan.

Pension costs for non-certified staff have also increased, according to Title. The proposed increase to that account is $571,167.

A rise in teachers' wages is also accounted for. That line item has been proposed to be bolstered by $810,756 to cover the 2.25 percent increase in salaries during 2013-2014 as set forth in the teachers contract.

In response to these large increases to fixed costs, Title said his strategy was "to control the rest of the budget, whatever we control" and keep all other expenses as close as possible to the current year's expenses.

According to Title, the total number of certified staff in the district will remain virtually unchanged. Forecast enrollment shifts will reduce staff in the elementary schools and add teachers to the high schools, but the net total will remain about the same.

The upcoming year is not the year Fairfield will see a return of the world language program or most of the other service cuts that were made in 2011.

However, Title added part-time coverage to the both high school's libraries and computer labs to the tune of $23,000 so that the labs will be staffed and the libraries can remain open for a few hours after school. He said that both Warde and Ludlowe's principals the cuts to those resources had been "detrimental."

The board will dig into the budget starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Board of Education conference room (501 Kings Highway East) and will continue the discussion on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The board is scheduled to adopt the budget on Tuesday,  Jan. 29 at its 7:30 p.m. meeting.  

The Representative Town Meeting is scheduled to vote on both the school and town operating budgets on Monday, May 6.

Igor January 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM
No Sandra that isn't what I said, what I said was We're all in this together and we better learn to live together or the future of this world is doomed." At least get what I said right. And Jimbo you already used the IGORnorant! joke. It was cute the first time (1/20/2013 ) but a little boring the second.
Sandra January 21, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Igor - Read your own post again Igor.
dick tracy January 22, 2013 at 01:15 AM
so Frederick, you think destroying the health care system,and bankrupting the country is a good thing? god save this country from dolts like you.
Joeseph Biff January 22, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Sandra, Check Patch tomorrow morning for inauguration coverage.Everyone has gone way off topic here.This was supposed to be about the school budget,not drones,Obama,Bush,Dracula,Frankenstien,Igor and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Sandra January 22, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Thank you Joseph
Igor January 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM
On this I do agree Sandra. We got off topic.
Agnes S. King January 22, 2013 at 01:29 PM
maybe ffld should dip into its surplus fund...instead of taxing it's residents again...
Leigh January 22, 2013 at 02:00 PM
How about addressing the health care increases with incentives for employees to engage in healthier behaviors? Companies charge different premiums for employees who stop smoking, lose weight, engage in "healthy" behaviors that result in an overall lower use of the medical plan. Healthier employees = fewer claims and fewer sick days. How about we incentivize our teachers and district employees to stay healthy. And pass along higher costs to those whose behaviors result in higher costs.
Frederick Klein January 22, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Instead of making an ad hominem attack, you could actually explain how ObamaCare will do those terrible things, as opposed to ensuring that previosly uninsured Americans have coverage. BTW - you completely ignored the basis for my calling ObamaCare an "accomplishment".
Frederick Klein January 22, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Oh, Sandra. I made one purposely silly comment about how the character Ygor was not Dr. Frankenstein's assistant in the first film. Otherwise, all of my comments have been responsive to debates in this thread.
Frederick Klein January 22, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I'm fascinated that you know my position on legalizing marijuana when I am undecided on that issue and can see merit to both sides of the debate. Your comment about bribery and tricks is baseless. Using your political muscle to get laws passed is how it is done. When presidents have political capital to spend, they use it. Reagan did it to get his budget passed. Johnson did it to get civil rights laws passed. Years from now, Obama will be admired for getting ObamaCare passed, even though, in the heat of the present debate, it's hard to see that now.
Sandra January 22, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Leigh I think that is a great idea. It is time that the public sector and private sector are treated equally. No one is guaranteed anything in the real world. We cannot afford it and it is simply NOT fair.
Sandra January 22, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Fredrick-Obamacare will cost jobs because companies will hire more part-time workers to avoid health care coverage of employees. They will also contract out work to avoid paying healthcare. Do you think businesses are charities? Obamacare is a big reason why companies are not hiring besides taxes and regulations. So when you say we can't blame unemployment solely on Obama, I disagree because it is his attitude toward business and polices that are slowing down growth.
Frederick Klein January 22, 2013 at 02:56 PM
You are entitled to your economic theories, but you are responding to something you attribute to me that I didn't say (the part about blame for unemployment).
joe walsh January 22, 2013 at 09:20 PM
hey Frederick, even the non-partisan g.a.o. came out with a report that said not only wasn't obozo care going to save money,it was going to cost many billions more. I guess they don't report that kind of news on m.s.n.b.c., eh knucklehead?
Frederick Klein January 22, 2013 at 09:29 PM
I must thank you, as I must thank so many people that engage me in this forum, for the brilliant ad hominem attack. Once again, I do not watch MSNBC. How about you try to be civil, and perhaps I'll actually converse with you. Otherwise, I have no interest in anyone whose first post addressing me personally calls me an unnecessary name.
Sandra January 22, 2013 at 09:52 PM
you'll soon be left talking to yourself (ludlowe)
Frederick Klein January 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Still suggesting that Ludlowe and I are the same person? Whatever floats your boat. He and I don't even have the same dog.
Sandra January 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM
You are funny. you have to have the last word. All you talk about is how offended you are and conveniently gloss over the facts presented. Get over yourself and start talking about substance. Respect is a two way street. tell your sidekick to stop calling me a dude.
joe walsh January 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM
hey Frederick, Frederick the great you aint. how about" Frederick the dense", or "Frederick I start my day with a cold pabst"? ive been on the wagon for several years now freddy,but I know one when I see one.
R. Ludlowe January 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I've never met Frederick in RL... so I cannot directly refute your claims, Mr. Walsh. But I do think that suggesting anyone starts their day with "Pabst" certainly labels you as the type of person that likewise has little or no idea what you are talking about--on or off the wagon. We liberals only drink the finest of lagers, preferably from a bottle.
joe walsh January 23, 2013 at 12:47 AM
mr.ludlowe, the only thing I think you have been drinking is the liberal kool aid.maybe dunceberry,eh?
R. Ludlowe January 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Amazing reply, Walsh. Ouch! I guess I should just quit now.
joe walsh January 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM
good idea, and bring that jug eared socialist with you.
R. Ludlowe January 23, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Bring who, where? What do you mean?
Frederick Klein January 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM
It's interesting that you say that I have to have the last word, Sandra, when you are trying to get in the last word. I cannot show you the respect you request considering what you did on the other thread. I will not forget that very soon. And if you want someone to stop calling you something, ask that person to do so. I am not RL.
Frederick Klein January 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Now I'm an alcoholic? I learn so much about myself the more I read the ad hominem attacks on the Patch.
Frederick Klein January 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM
So now when people disagree with us, they are apparently going to make comments about our mothers and wives. Patch contributors are a class act.
FfldParent January 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Chris Kral -- you have a recurring habit of posting moronic statements... "He must have been a high school loser who never played any sports..." "You were probably the last pick in dodgeball...." And I just read a stab at Syracuse U in another post. YOU were probably the kid stuffing other kids's heads in toilets in the boys room. You strike me as a bully and a class A jerk. Stick to the issues. Or were you hit in the head too many times when you were "the world's greatest high school football player ever." Sad when you peak in high school and mentally never develop beyond that point.
Chris Kral February 18, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Sorry FfldParent it took so long for me to respond. I was vacationing the past 3 weeks and didn't check your response. That's what happens when you peak too soon, I guess. Heard we had some snow here.

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