New Canaan’s highest elected official said Tuesday night that he’s unhappy with the spending plan that the superintendent of schools has proposed for next fiscal year.
The Board of Education is expected to vote later this month on Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi’s $95.7 million operating budget for fiscal year 2022. Driven mainly by salary and benefits, it includes about $460,000 for what Luizzi described Monday as a student health and wellness initiative in the form of new start times.
The approved Board of Ed budget for the current fiscal year is $90.9 million, town finance documents show. The Town Council in making its final budget vote last April reduced the Board of Ed’s requested amount by about $1 million, effectively forestalling a change to school start times.
Addressing the Board of Finance during its regular meeting, Moynihan said, “The budget numbers are coming together very nicely on the town side. I wasn’t too happy—and Todd can elaborate if he wants to— about the Board of Ed numbers we’re hearing. But I am very pleased with what we see on the town side. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, as well.”
Moynihan referred to Board of Finance Chair Todd Lavieri. The first selectman’s comments came during a general update on matters before the town.
Lavieri said in response, “As it relates to the Board of Ed: no comment. We just need to see the details.”
The Board of Finance has set budget guidance this year at an increase of 1.5% to 2%.
Luizzi’s proposed spending plan is posted online in a 134-page document.
The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to start its public budget review next week, with the Board of Finance to follow starting Feb. 8. The budget then moves to the Town Council in March, with a final vote March 31.