Facts for May 6 Vote

The current budget as revised by the First Selectman includes reductions from both the municipal budget as well as the Board of Education budget.  The simple facts are:

  • BOE increase:  1.58%.
  • Municipal spending increase: 4.56%
  • Mill Rate would be set at 31.01
  • Rate of Mill Rate Increase: 1.98%

If you hear arguments that our schools should be doing more with less, let us give you a head’s up.  Monroe Public School District is consistently rated one of Connecticut’s “most efficient school districts” by combining high graduation rates and low costs.*

In this yearly ranking released by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, Monroe was ranked overall “the most efficient district in the state” in 2010 and 2011, and is consistently ranked at the top of their listing for districts that combine high achievement with low costs.  Year after year, we budget responsibly, yet get the most bang for our buck!

Costs Kept Low, but Achievement Still High

Monroe Public Schools had the high honor of having two of its schools named as Connecticut Schools of Distinction last year:  Masuk High School and Monroe Elementary.**  A third school, Jockey Hollow, has been rated a Connecticut School of Excellence, and achievement has soared at Fawn Hollow and Stepney as well.

Masuk was one of only six high schools statewide named in the ranking.

Monroe Public Schools was one of only seven school districts in the state with multiple schools listed.  Our schools are on the right track, promoting high achievement at all levels!

Keep Our Schools Strong

The last budget referendum was defeated by only 28 votes.  Since the first referendum, thankfully only $160,000 has been taken out of our Board of Education budget proposal, but if we don’t pass it now, future cuts are likely to get larger and larger.  While the BOE hasn’t made a decision regarding where these reductions will come from yet, Superintendent Agostine has suggested that another referendum defeat would likely force cuts in both staffing and programs and once again increases in pay to play costs for student activities.  This budget already includes a reduction of four teachers, with further reductions likely if budgets continue to fail.

Monroe has a strong school system that is fiscally responsible while still offering a wide range of opportunities for excellence to our students.  The current budget proposal for the BOE is only a 1.58% increase from last year.  That’s lower than the cost of inflation….as has been the trend over the last five years!

Keep our district strong.  We do a lot with less in Monroe, but we need your support to ensure our funding stays at a responsible level.  Stop any further cuts by getting all of the registered voters in your house out to vote next Tuesday.  Bring a friend or a neighbor with you to the polls!  Don’t let another 28 vote loss mean the loss of your child’s favorite teacher, sports team, or enrichment program.

Please Vote YES on Tuesday, May 6!

If you can’t vote in person on May 6, you can also vote early at Town Hall:

  • Friday, May 2 from 8:30-1:30
  • Saturday, May 3 from 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Monday, May 5 from 8:30am-4:30pm

*Source: Raising Hale website, which uses rankings generated by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy to determine their listing of most efficient school districts.

**Source:  CT State Department of Education.  Click here to see the entire listing.

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