October 1, 2022

Chester, Deep River Elementary School Budgets Reduce Teaching Positions

CHESTER/DEEP RIVER— The 2013-2014 spending plans for Chester Elementary School and Deep River Elementary School include reductions in teaching positions in response to drops in student enrollment at the kindergarten through sixth grade schools. The budget plans were approved by the local school boards late last month.

The proposed budget for Chester Elementary School totals $4,182,373, a decrease of .98 percent, or $41,527, from the current budget. An enrollment at Chester Elementary School of 251 students this year is expected to drop to about 236 students in the 2013-2014 school year. The spending plan eliminates two teacher positions, for a savings of $94,000, and one seven-tenths para-educator position for a savings of $16,000. But an anticipated increase in special education students led the school board to accept Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy’s recommendation to fund a new special education para-educator position at a cost of $26,147.

The proposed budget for Deep River Elementary School totals $5,561,158, an increase of 2.97 percent, or $160,371, over the current budget. With enrollment at the elementary school expected to drop from the current 347 students to 326 students in the 2013-2014 school year, the budget eliminates one teaching position for a savings of $46,907.

The elementary school budgets are now subject to review by the finance boards in each town. The elementary school spending plans will be presented at the annual budget hearing for each town, and sent to the voters in May for approval with the general government budgets for each town.