Within a comprehensive package of education proposals released Wednesday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that he wants to increase the state's share of school funding by $50 million.
Under Malloy's plan, Enfield will see an increase of 1.52 percent in education funding from the state — from $28,380,144 in 2011-12 to $28,810,492 for the 2012-13 school year, or an additional $430,348.
While most of the added $50 million in the governor's education reform package would go to the towns with the 30 lowest-performing school districts in the state, other towns — such as Enfield — should see increases and no town should receive less in ECS funding than last year.
"We have held towns harmless. No one is losing ECS funding," Malloy said in a news release.
That "sends a clear signal to our children that we will make the investment and deliver on our promise of high-quality education for every student in Connecticut."
Rep. David Kiner of Enfield, a member of the legislature’s Education Committee, said, “The additional money for Enfield is certainly welcomed and needed at this time. While the total funding proposed for Enfield is not sufficient to meet all our needs, it is certainly appreciated.”
Enfield Superintendent of Schools John Gallacher has proposed a 2012-13 school year budget of $63.64 million, a 1.48 percent increase from the current year's allotment of $62.7 million.
The school board will formally approve the budget request at its Feb. 14 meeting; the request is then sent to the Town Council for final approval.