Region 1 school district in jeopardy of losing state funding
Published 3:56 pm, Friday, November 20, 2015
KENT — The Region 1 school district is in jeopardy of receiving less state funding because of a declining enrollment in one of the region’s towns.
That’s because North Canaan’s contribution to the 2015-16 budget for the Housatonic Valley High School in Falls Village is down $134,761 from last year due to a decline of 16 high school students from the previous year.
North Canaan’s $3.06 million budget contribution does not meet its state-mandated minimum budget requirement, Chamberlain told the board.
“They have until June 30, 2016 to come up with that amount,” Smith said. “If they don’t reach that goal, the penalty is equal to two times the shortfall, or $44,480 that would come out of the ECS grant for the 2017-18 school year because of how the budget works.”
North Canaan’s allocation of ECS funding is $1.9 million for 2015-16.
While the six towns — Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury and Sharon — have one regional high school district, each town has its own board of education, which affects how ECS funding is calculated.
North Canaan has the highest high school student enrollment — 120 students after the decline— of the six towns in the region at 30.4 percent followed by Salisbury and Sharon. Kent has 13.4 percent of the student population at 53 students in 2014-15 and contributed $1.36 million for the 2015-16 budget.
A call to Chamberlain was not returned.