Norwalk schools break even in 5-year forecast

Cary Ashby • Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 7:35 AM

The Norwalk City Schools board of education approved district treasurer Joyce Dupont’s five-year forecast Tuesday.

From fiscal year 2019 through 2023, the district is expected to have $29 million in expenditures annually compared to about $81,000 “to the negative” in revenue, which Dupont said she believes is essentially breaking even. The treasurer attributed the small amount of loss to the recent purchase of two school buses and the adoption of math textbooks.

“We don’t have an excess of funds, but we’re not deficit spending,” Dupont told the board. “I’d rather be conservative and be pleasantly surprised than the other way around.”

In other action Tuesday, the board:

• Approved a $2,500 donation from the Norwalk Eagles for the band trip, which is March 17 through 21 to New York City. The board approved the trip during the April 10 meeting.

• Heard from board president Lisa Wick that more than 360 students at EHOVE Career Center have signed up for the Drug Free Clubs of America. The incentive-based, drug-testing program is a way to empower students to say they won’t use drugs.

Norwalk city and St. Paul High schools also are involved. One-hundred fifty-eight Norwalk Middle School students are involved and 180 from the high school have signed up. City Councilman Jordy Horowitz, an NMS health teacher, had told council members that Drug Free Clubs said Drug Free Clubs of America expects a participation rate of 11 to 15 percent, so he was “really pleased” with a nearly 30-percent rate. 

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