Synopsis
Of a Westfield Board of Education Public Hearing on Budget -  March 21,
2013
By Superintendent Margaret Dolan


RECOGNITION OF STATE CHAMPION ATHLETES

Board President Richard Mattessich presented certificates of achievement
to Westfield High School State Champions:   Tennis Singles Winner Lexi Borr
and Swim State Champion Caroline Baldwin – first dual meet winner in
Westfield history. Certificates also were presented to the entire Girls’
Swim Team, which holds an unbeaten 17 – 0 record and earned the fourth
consecutive Public A State Championship, and to the Boys’ Swim Team –
also State Champions this year – with the most state championships in
State history. Their coaches are Jeff Knight and assistants Ashley Westra
and Michael Schwebel. Mr. Mattessich congratulated the Boys’ Cross
Country team and coaches Chris Tafelski and Assistant Jeff Perrella for
earning the State Sectional Championship.

2013-2014 BUDGET ADOPTED

The Westfield Board of Education adopted the 2013-2014 school budget at
the Public Hearing on March 21.  The budget is constructed to meet the
needs of the students and to support the district’s Strategic Plan by
maintaining all academic, support and extra-curricular programs.  The
2013-2014 budget includes:  Continued funding for technology, literacy and
STEM initiatives; mandated programs; curricular and co-curricular programs;
maintaining existing class size guidelines; providing sufficient resources
for enrollment increases at the intermediate level; increasing support for
counseling services; and maintaining facilities.
Dana Sullivan, Business Administrator, explained in a presentation that
the tax levy to support the budget represents a 2% increase and is below
the State adjusted cap by $479,294.
Instruction comprises approximately two-thirds of the total budget.


PUBLIC COMMENTS
Three parents addressed concerns to the Board regarding the recent
recommendation by the Long Range Planning Committee. On March 19, the Long
Range Planning Committee recommended that seven current 5th grade
Washington School students who are in the redistricted attendance zone, and
who have younger siblings who will attend Roosevelt Intermediate School
once redistricting has ended (2014-15), should have the opportunity to
apply to attend either Roosevelt or Edison in 2013-14.  Mrs. Leiz explained
that in the past, the Board has allowed “grandfathering” when
neighborhoods were being sent to new schools.  Letters with this proposal
were mailed to the seven families.

NEXT BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 PM at 302 Elm Street

I wish our entire school community an enjoyable holiday and Spring Break.


Margaret Dolan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools