The Watertown Public Schools Business Department is responsible for managing the operational expenditures that occur in the district each year. The Business Department works in concert with the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, administrators, faculty, Town officials to ensure the highest degree of safeguarding and transparency of the public's assets.

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.

Gathered on this page are several resources to help you learn more about Watertown Public Schools' current budget as well as budgets from previous fiscal years. 

2022-2023 (FY 23)

Watertown Public Schools Budget

Approved on February 28, 2022 BOE Recommended Budget


A school district’s budget priorities act as the vehicle that drives the educational experiences of our students and families. It takes  many hands to create a rich teaching/learning environment and many educational opportunities for our students on a daily basis. Over the course of an academic year, it is our charge to give our WPS students the very best possible education - because they deserve nothing less. A WPS educational experience challenges and supports our students to:

  1. achieve academic excellence

  2. grow socially and emotionally 

  3. cultivate mental wellbeing and physical awareness

  4. and build the knowledge, characteristics, and skills outlined in our vision of a graduate


The most important thing about designing the WPS budget for this fiscal year (FY22) is to look at it through a multiyear lens. Having our eyes set on where we want to be in 1 yr, 3 yrs, or 5 yrs is extremely important. Putting forward a balanced budget is priority and planning for all of the possibilities and innovative ways we can shape our children’s school experiences is always the main goal. The proposed budget allows us to appropriately fund programming for ALL of our students. The budget process is a collaborative one. It includes the entire administrative team and feedback from a variety of stakeholders.

The FY 2022-2023 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget is $50,549,438. This is an increase of 5.11% ($2,459,576) over the current FY22 budget of $48,089,862.


  1. Expansion of Special Education Programming: 

A second Life Skills classroom will be added to Watertown High School to appropriately program for the additional students who will join the high school next year. As all of our students move from PreK-Transition 22 years, we continue to be committed to keeping our students in district with the programs we currently offer or have the opportunity to build. The expansion of this program offsets outplacement costs.

  1. Expansion of Special Education Programming: 

A new sensory room will also be added to Watertown High School to provide the sensory services required and needed by our students with special education needs. The sensory room is a required and necessary space that provides sensory input for students with specialized needs.

  1. Student and Faculty Instructional Supplies and Resources: 

Last year’s drastic reductions of building based budgets impacted all five of our school buildings. The FY 23 budget maintains individual building budget lines to the same modest levels of the FY 22 fiscal year. 

  1. Security Cameras at Polk and JTPS: 

In partnership with the 2021 Connecticut School Security Competitive Grant Program (R5 SSGP) the FY 23 budget will pay the local share for the installation of: security cameras at two schools.

  1. Summer Enrichment and Summer Scholarship Opportunities for students this summer!

Funding education is an immediate return on investment for a community because a strong school system is often what attracts economic development and promise on a larger economic scale in a municipality like Watertown.


Alison Villanueva, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools