Updated Timeline of Upcoming Budget Related Events

 

Date Time Place Subject
Tuesday Mar. 7 7 pm Town Hall Superintendent presents budget to Board of Ed
Wed. March 8 7:30 Town Hall   Rm 314 Town Manager presents budget to Town Council
Thur March 9 7 pm Charter Oak Elementary School Public Forum to speak to State Legislators
Mon. Mar 13 6:30 Town Hall Town Council Budget Meeting
Wed. Mar. 15 7 pm Town Hall Board of Ed Budget workshop no public testimony
Mar. 21 7 pm Town Hall Regular Board meeting with budget workshop
Mar 23 6 p.m. Charter Oak El Joint meeting between Board and Town Council to listen to public
Mar 28 6:30 Town Hall  Rm 314 Town Council public hearing
Mar 29 7 pm Town Hall Board of Ed Public Hearing then budget workshop #3
Apr 4 7 pm Town Hall Board votes on budget adoption
Apr 25 7 pm Town Hall Town Council votes to adopt budget
June and/or August Possible Referenda

 

 

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Legislative Budget Forum

Dear WHEA Members,
On Thursday night, there was a public forum at Charter Oak Elementary with the four state representatives for West Hartford.  It began with a short recap on the state budget situation, then each rep spoke for two minutes, and then the public was invited to speak.
Here is the link:
Bottom Line:  All four of our reps are opposed to Governor Malloy’s Budget Proposal.  The debt shift and the cuts to West Hartford are crippling.  Best case scenario is 16 layoffs and a big tax increase for WeHa.  Worst case scenario is no tax increase and 100+ layoffs.  (Unless the state arrives at a solution by mid April)
Many ideas were proposed on Thursday night.  The next few months will involve difficult negotiations at the state level.  The town must still move forward with its budget process without knowing how the state will resolve its budget and how that solution will affect West Hartford.
Please write or call Governor Malloy’s office to express your opposition to his budget proposal and to provide your ideas on how to address the state’s financial problems.  The phone number is 860-566-4840.

Public Forum Tonight (Gov’s Budget)

Tonight from 7 pm to 9 pm, there will be a public forum at Charter Oak Elementary to discuss the Governor’s Budget and its impact on West Hartford with our four Legislative representatives to the State General Assembly (Senator Beth Bye, and Representatives Fleischmann, Verrengia, and Slap)
They need to hear that the budget that Tom presented last night will have significant classroom impacts.  There will be many layoffs as a result of tightening and there will be significant increases in class size.
We need to advocate for preserving the legacy of fine education in West Hartford and provide them with compelling arguments against accepting Governor Malloy’s Proposal.  (30% pension debt shift to towns, cuts to our ECS grant, etc..)
Just be aware that our legislators did not create the budget proposal.  Governor Malloy did.
Also, if you did not already see it on Tom’s message, there is an electronic suggestion box that you can use to make budget related suggestions directly to administration.  The email address is .  budget@whps.org.
Hope to see you at Charter Oak tonight.
Ted Goerner

WHEA Facebook Page

facebook-icon-preview-1WHEA is proud to announce that we have at long last stepped into the world of social media.  We now have a Facebook page in addition to our website that will allow us to connect like never before.
As a WHEA member you are hereby invited to “like us” on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/West-Hartford-Education-Association-WHEA-1182513598536131/?ref=bookmarks

We understand that some of you do not like to receive political messages at work.  As a sign of respect for that sentiment, we are going to attempt to use 3 different means of communication with you.  The WHEA email group will continue to be used for messages that affect us all.  The Alternate Email Group will be used for messages related to political activism.  Continue reading