Superintendent’s Proposed Budget for FY2023
Posted on 11/30/2021
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Superintendent Nathan Quesnel released his proposed budget request for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) to the East Hartford Board of Education in a transmittal dated November 19. The proposed net budget allocation request is $95,993,863, representing a 1.9% increase over the current year’s amended budget.

East Hartford Public Schools (EHPS) continues to evaluate every grant opportunity available to minimize the financial impact on the overall Town of East Hartford budget, adding only required Special Education (SPED) positions to the FY23 general budget. Even with the SPED positions added and $1.1M of contractual salary increases, EHPS managed to reduce its overall salary costs by almost $200,000. The categories driving the overall increase, either contractual in nature out outside of the direct control of EHPS reflect continuation of current services.

It is important to distinguish the General Budget preparation process from the unprecedented influx of federal funds through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER2) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) programs, which were provided with a targeted focus on renewal, reducing opportunity gaps, accelerating learning, and advancing equity for all students. Designed as ontime, non-sustainable funds, more than half of the $30.3M combined total allocation will be used to fund impactful infrastructure projects contained in the Capital Improvement Plan. While a significant portion of the remainder will be used to fund sustainment of the 1:1 technology device program, required software and technology infrastructure, and new staff positions aligned with the program intents above, the reality is that EHPS has leveraged these grants to maintain continuity of services. As such, challenges will lie ahead in future budget years, especially FY25, when “re-entry” decisions will need to be made regarding staff funded through these grants, as well as ongoing technology sustainment needs.

Superintendent Nathan Quesnel said, “We will meet these challenges as we always do, with a spirit of collaboration, prudent fiscal management, and the best interests of the children and taxpayers of East Hartford at the forefront.”

Click here to view the Proposed FY23 Budget in full

EHPS Chief Operations Officer Ben Whittaker presented the budget to the joint council, comprised of the East Hartford Town Council and Board of Education, on November 29, followed by a budget workshop to the Board of Education on November 30.

The Board of Education will continue to workshop the budget ahead of presenting its version to the Town Council in February.

 

View all FY23 budget process documents on the Finance Department page