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      Watertown Public Schools approaches budget development in a conservative and fiscally prudent manner with input and feedback from a variety of stakeholders. This collaborative approach helps ensure we are making wise use of the taxpayer dollars entrusted to us. As a district, we are grateful for support from our students, employees, parents and Town residents to reach our goal of graduating students who are leaders in the classroom and the community.

      On February 24, 2020, the Watertown Board of Education unanimously approved the Superintendent’s Recommended Budget for the 2020-2021 school year. Like in previous years, the budget was developed collaboratively with input from teacher-leaders from each school, principals and district administrators. The budget is closely aligned to the goals and objectives of the District Improvement Plan and was created to align our resources to student needs. The 2.84% increase represents our efforts to expand course options and expose high school students to multiple career pathways, increases in SPED costs, our district focus on SRBI and tiered support for all students, and our ongoing focus on safety and security.

      Click here to review the budget presentation which includes detailed notes explaining the rationale for changes and the increases in the number of students needing support. Over the next several weeks, Dr. Harrison will be sharing detailed information about the budget with our community at scheduled PTO events. Community members are encouraged to attend any of the events below, and/or reach out to the district office for questions, clarifications or concerns. 

          • JTPS PTO - Wednesday, March 4th at John Trumbull Primary School, 7:00 pm (JTPS Gym).
          • SMS and WHS PTO - Thursday, March 5th at Swift Middle School, 7:00 pm (SMS Library).
          • Judson & Polk PTO - Tuesday, March 10th at Polk Elementary School, 7:00 pm (PES Library).