(a) Except as otherwise provided under the provisions of subsections (c) to (g), inclusive, of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, the budgeted appropriation for education shall be not less than the budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, plus any aid increase described in subsection (d) of § 10-262i, except that a town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, by one or more of the following:

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 10-262j

  • another: may extend and be applied to communities, companies, corporations, public or private, limited liability companies, societies and associations. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • legislative body: means : (1) As applied to unconsolidated towns, the town meeting. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1

(1) If a town experiences an aid reduction, as described in subsection (d) of § 10-262i, such town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to the aid reduction;

(2) If a district experiences a net reduction in its resident student count during a period that may include any of the five fiscal years immediately prior to the fiscal year for which the budgeted appropriation for education is calculated, such district may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to the number of such net reduction multiplied by fifty per cent of the net current expenditures per resident student of such district, provided no district may use the resident student count for any fiscal year that was previously used to reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in any calculation of a net reduction of resident students for purposes of reducing its budgeted appropriation for education pursuant to this subdivision for any subsequent fiscal year;

(3) Any district (A) that does not maintain a high school and pays tuition to another school district pursuant to § 10-33 for resident students to attend high school in another district, and (B) in which the number of resident students attending high school for such district for October 1, 2018, using the data of record as of January 31, 2019, is lower than such district’s number of resident students attending high school for October 1, 2017, using the data of record as of January 31, 2019, may reduce such district’s budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in the number of resident students attending high school for such years multiplied by the amount of tuition paid per student pursuant to § 10-33; or

(4) Any district that realizes new and documentable savings through (A) increased district efficiencies approved by the Commissioner of Education, including, but not limited to, (i) reductions in costs associated with transportation services, school district administration or contracts that are not the result of collective bargaining or other labor agreements, (ii) an agreement to provide medical or health care benefits pursuant to § 7-464b, (iii) a cooperative agreement relating to the performance of administrative and central office functions, such as business manager functions, for the municipality and the school district pursuant to § 10-241b, (iv) reductions in costs associated with the purchasing or joint purchasing of property insurance, casualty insurance and workers’ compensation insurance, following the consultation with the legislative body of the municipality of such district pursuant to § 10-241c, (v) reductions in costs associated with the purchasing of payroll processing or accounts payable software systems, following the consultation with the legislative body of the municipality of such district to determine whether such systems may be purchased or shared on a regional basis pursuant to § 10-241e, (vi) consolidation of information technology services, and (vii) reductions in costs associated with the care and maintenance of athletic fields, or (B) regional collaboration or cooperative arrangements pursuant to § 10-158a may reduce such district’s budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to half of the amount of savings experienced as a result of such district efficiencies, regional collaboration or cooperative arrangement, provided such reduction shall not exceed one-half of one per cent of the district’s budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

(b) Except as otherwise provided under the provisions of subsections (c) to (g), inclusive, of this section, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, a town’s budgeted appropriation for education shall be not less than the budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, plus any aid increase received pursuant to subsection (d) of § 10-262i, except that a town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, by one or more of the following:

(1) If a town experiences an aid reduction, as described in subsection (d) of § 10-262i, such town may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to the aid reduction;

(2) If a district experiences a net reduction in its resident student count during a period that may include any of the five fiscal years immediately prior to the fiscal year for which the budgeted appropriation for education is calculated, such district may reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to the number of such net reduction multiplied by fifty per cent of the net current expenditures per resident student of such district, provided no district may use the resident student count for any fiscal year that was previously used to reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in any calculation of a net reduction of resident students for purposes of reducing its budgeted appropriation for education pursuant to this subdivision for any subsequent fiscal year;

(3) Any district (A) that does not maintain a high school and pays tuition to another school district pursuant to § 10-33 for resident students to attend high school in another district, and (B) in which the number of resident students attending high school for such district for October 1, 2019, using the data of record as of January 31, 2020, is lower than such district’s number of resident students attending high school for October 1, 2018, using the data of record as of January 31, 2020, may reduce such district’s budgeted appropriation for education by the difference in the number of resident students attending high school for such years multiplied by the amount of tuition paid per student pursuant to § 10-33; or

(4) Any district that realizes new and documentable savings through (A) increased district efficiencies approved by the Commissioner of Education, including, but not limited to, (i) reductions in costs associated with transportation services, school district administration or contracts that are not the result of collective bargaining or other labor agreements, (ii) an agreement to provide medical or health care benefits pursuant to § 7-464b, (iii) a cooperative agreement relating to the performance of administrative and central office functions, such as business manager functions, for the municipality and the school district pursuant to § 10-241b, (iv) reductions in costs associated with the purchasing or joint purchasing of property insurance, casualty insurance and workers’ compensation insurance, following the consultation with the legislative body of the municipality of such district pursuant to § 10-241c, (v) reductions in costs associated with the purchasing of payroll processing or accounts payable software systems, following the consultation with the legislative body of the municipality of such district to determine whether such systems may be purchased or shared on a regional basis pursuant to § 10-241e, (vi) consolidation of information technology services, and (vii) reductions in costs associated with the care and maintenance of athletic fields, or (B) regional collaboration or cooperative arrangements pursuant to § 10-158a, may reduce such district’s budgeted appropriation for education in an amount equal to half of the amount of savings experienced as a result of such district efficiencies, regional collaboration or cooperative arrangement, provided such reduction shall not exceed one-half of one per cent of the district’s budgeted appropriation for education for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

(c) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021, the Commissioner of Education may permit a town to reduce its budgeted appropriation for education in an amount determined by the commissioner if the school district in such town has permanently ceased operations and closed one or more schools in the school district due to declining enrollment at such closed school or schools in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2013, to June 30, 2020, inclusive.

(d) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021, a town designated as an alliance district, as defined in § 10-262u, shall not reduce its budgeted appropriation for education pursuant to this section.

(e) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021, the provisions of this section shall not apply to any district that is in the top ten per cent of school districts based on the accountability index, as defined in § 10-223e.

(f) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021, the provisions of this section shall not apply to the member towns of a regional school district during the first full fiscal year following the establishment of the regional school district, provided the budgeted appropriation for education for member towns of such regional school district for each subsequent fiscal year shall be determined in accordance with this section.

(g) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021, any district that has (1) elected to act as a self-insurer, pursuant to § 10-236, (2) experienced a loss incurred as a result of one or more catastrophic events, as declared by a nationally recognized catastrophe loss index provider, during the prior fiscal year, and (3) increased its budgeted appropriation for education during said prior fiscal year as a result of such loss, shall not be required to include the amount of such increase in the calculation of such district’s budgeted appropriation for education for the subsequent fiscal year.