The Norwalk Board of Education unanimously approved its final amended 2014 operating budget (a 2.56 percent increase) of $166.4 million.
"We have really transitioned from this really chaotic panic, where we'll be at the end of June desperately trying to balance our budget and here we are at the end of May, we are done," said Mike Lyons.
The board also unanimously approved 2014-2015 paid school lunch budget which will raise lunch prices in the upcoming school year.
The state of Connecticut's bureau of health and nutrition allows Norwalk to receive a reimbursement rate for food services if the city maintains its threshold to the weighted average price on school lunches. Currently the waited average per lunch in the state is $2.65. Norwalk is below that threshold at $2.57.
"We wanted to make sure that if we raised it to the threshold, so that if the threshold rises again, the year after we're not stuck in the same situation." said Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Rich Rudl. "So the recommended weighted average price for next year that we made is $2.80. $2.40 for elementary, $2.75 for middle school, and $3.25 for high school."
The new Norwalk Early College Academy, lead by IBM is currently looking to hire a new academy director. The academy plans to enroll 100 incoming 9th grade students for the 2014-2015 school year and will serve grades 9 through 14 at Norwalk High school.
"I'm very excited about where we're going and how we're moving forward," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "And it's a credit to everybody's efforts not just one or two people, but there's a total community effort and I feel that more than I ever felt it before."