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Norwich, CT: SPED transportation deficit; $442K projected for next year

Feb 26, 2020, New London, CT, The Day: Norwich school budget increase projected at 11% next year; $1.1 million deficit this year Norwich — There wasn’t much good news at Wednesday’s school board budget committee meeting, attended by three aldermen, as the current year deficit is projected at $1.1 million, and the worst-case scenario projection for the 1920-21 budget calls for an 11% spending increase. Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow cautioned that next year’s projection included the worst-case special education tuition and enrollment projections for Norwich Free Academy, contributing to a projected $3 million total tuition increase next year. But once the actual breakdown of special education placements in various NFA programs is done, that projection should come down, she said. The projected total budget for next year is $90.4 million, a $9.3 million or 11.5% increase over the current year’s $81 million approved budget…. Noncertified staff salaries have a $241,067 projected deficit, attributed to overtime needed to integrate a major new financial software system that will be in synch with the city government system. Special education transportation, a perennial costly and unpredictable item, Nagel said, is projected at a $442,595 deficit, and regular education transportation is showing a $348,239 deficit….


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