The Norwalk Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Manual Rivera's proposed budget plans for the 2014 to 2015 fiscal year Tuesday night.
"The budget will address the CREC Report, move Norwalk forward with implementing Common Core, strengthen early literacy, address class size concerns among the community and strengthen central services," said Rivera.
The total recommended budget is just over $168,000,000, which represents a 3.6 percent increase from last year's budget.
The part of the budget that goes to teacher salaries will increase by 4 percent, while other categories will take cuts. Costs for professional and technical services as well as property services will decrease by 2 percent. Costs for equipment will increase by 17 percent.
"Our primary goal is to close the achievement gap by 2020 and assure that all students regardless of race, ethnicity or economic circumstances are meeting high standards," said Rivera. "So we're going to close the gap but we're not going to sacrifice standards."
"I like the fact that you are realistic about what we can do," said Mike Lyons. "If you are going to jam everything into one year, you are going to do it half way and you're going to fail."
The full budget is available at www.norwalkps.org.