Budget Update

Despite a more modest and measured proposal from the Chairman of the BOF, the BOF voted 4-3 to further reduce the proposed Board of Education budget by $100,000.  The BOF also eliminated $18,000 from the Board of Selectmen budget and  $15,000 from the town’s contingency fund. The proposed BOE budget for next year has now been cut by $457,000.  The original increase requested by the BOE was The Bolton Public Schools have been left with a budget increase of only $174,568 for next year The BOE cuts are devastating and arbitrary.  These cuts came even after Superintendent Kristin Heckt delivered a very blunt assessment of the negative impact the additional cuts would have on our schools. The PTA needs your help now to ensure that the next budget successfully passes at referendum.  If it does not, our Town Charter mandates that the BOF must DECREASE THE OVERALL BUDGET AMOUNT before the next referendum.  A “no” vote on the next budget referendum does not mean that the budget will be increased before a third referendum. THE BUDGET WILL CONTINUE TO DECREASE WITH EACH SUBSEQUENT REFERENDUM. Please help us by:

  1. Reading the updated Parent’s Guide to the Bolton Budget Process that was developed by the PTA and sharing it with your friends and neighbors.
  2. Voting YES at the next Budget Referendum on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Voting is open from 6:00am to 8:00pm at Bolton Town Hall.
Thank you for your help and continued support of our schools.]]>

Budget Referendum Failed

The next referendum will take place Tuesday, May 20th from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall.  The Board of Finance will hold a very important meeting on Monday, May 12th at 7:15 p.m. at Town Hall.  At this meeting, the BOF will decide how much money to cut from the proposed budget in advance of the next referendum.  We strongly urge all parents to attend this meeting and voice their support for a budget that adequately funds our schools.  The BOF had already significantly reduced the proposed Board of Education budget prior to the first referendum and now the BOF must make further cuts to the BOE budget.  The PTA’s Parent’s Guide to the Bolton Budget Process will be updated with new numbers as soon as they become available from the BOF, but please take the time to read this important publication and understand what is at stake for our schools and our children in this budget process.]]>

Welcome to Our New PTA President

Hello, My name is Amy D’Agata and I will be filling the position of Bolton PTA President as Kate Galle takes her place on the Bolton Board of Education. Before I tell you a bit more about me, I would like to start by thanking Kate for her commitment to our town, kids and the PTA. She did an amazing job as Bolton PTA President and I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors. I am a Registered Nurse and the proud mom of two boys that attend Bolton Center School. I have lived in Bolton for 15 years and have always enjoyed being actively involved in our community.  In the past, I have volunteered as an EMT for the Bolton Fire Department and Co-Chaired the Bolton Women’s Club Halloween Party at BCS. I am a member of the Bolton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Bolton Women’s Club. I started the Bolton Special Education PTA  (SEPTA) and was the President of that organization.  In the Fall of 2013, Bolton SEPTA made the decision to join forces (and resources) with the Bolton PTA and SEPTA is now a committee of the regular PTA. The mission and goals of the PTA and the future of our kids education is extremely important to me. I believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their individual potential. The PTA provides many things that enrich our children’s lives both at school and throughout town. I will do my best to continue the excellent job the PTA has has always done in assisting the parents, teachers and students of Bolton.  I am proud to be part of such a wonderful organization and working with such a dedicated group of parents and staff. Please feel free to email me  at dagataar@gmail.com if you have any thoughts, ideas or questions about the Bolton PTA or upcoming events. Thank You, Amy D’Agata PTA President]]>