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Meriden, CT: Enrollment down by 50, SPED students up by 100, spending up by $3.5M

Jan 22, 2018, Meriden (CT) Record Journal: Superintendent proposes 3.48 percent hike in Wallingford education spending http://www.myrecordjournal.com/News/Wallingford/Wallingford-News/Menzo-proposes-increase-in-education-spending-in-initial-2018-19-budget.html School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo proposed a $104 million spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year Monday, an increase of $3.5 million from the current year, or 3.48 percent. The budget proposal includes a “reduction in staff based on enrollment decreases,” but no reduction in programs, said Menzo, who presented his budget to the Board of Education. … The biggest cost drivers in the the sustained services budget include increased costs for special education tuition and employee benefits. The budget also adds spending to address “increased (social and emotional) needs for students specifically in pre K-5 schools” and an increase in the number of students enrolled in the special education program. While the district’s total enrollment is projected to drop next school year by 50 students, from 5,858 to 5,808, the number of student enrolled in special education is projected to increase by 100 students, from 729 to 829, Menzo said. The district is also anticipating a reduction in state reimbursement for special education costs next school year. The strategic plan budget includes spending $204,000 to hire four social workers/psychologists for the elementary schools…