Board of Education brings back discussion of facilities, finance and budget
FAIRFIELD — The Board of Education is exploring new ways to continue conversations begun in the fall by the now defunct Adhoc Committee on Operational Effectiveness.
At the board’s Jan. 25 meeting, members had a first read through of a policy that would create a finance and budget committee and discussed holding special meetings dedicated to school facilities.
“The Adhoc Committee for Operational Effectiveness started this work. We all chose to disband that committee, and I feel like since then the discussion has been somewhat stalled,’ said school board member Christine Vitale.
Vitale added that in the interim several developments with very real consequences having to do with things like redistricting and the future of facilities had come up, including the presentation of enrollment projections and the approval of funds to form a building committee for Mill Hill School.
“It seemed like there was an appetite for there to be a discussion of the full board together,” Vitale said.
The board and Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones were in favor of the special meetings, which are expected to begin in late February.
The stated purpose of the Finance and Budget Committee, spearheaded by board members Nick Aysseh and Jennifer Leeper, is to provide a “forum” for budget talks between the board, the superintendent of schools and central office staff.
The committee will comprise three Board of Education members, appointed by Chairman Philip Dwyer.
A second draft of the policy will be voted on at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Board of Education.