WHPS Budget Information
Sun, Mar 19 9:58pm
Aiken Elementary

Dear Aiken families:


We mentioned the proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year in communications that went out regarding Parents Night Out. We want to ensure you are aware of the drastic and far-reaching changes to our children’s education that are on the table. These changes would significantly reduce the quality of Aiken and all West Hartford Public Schools. We strongly encourage our community to learn about these proposed changes and advocate for what you believe is best. If you cannot attend all three budget meetings listed below, we strongly encourage you to attend the meeting on March 23rd at 6pm at Charter Oak.  


This budget represents a significant increase from the 2016-17 budget, due in large part to cuts proposed by Governor Malloy. Learn more about the proposed budget here: http://www.whps.org/page.cfm?p=532


Of special significance are some items that are being considered as additional budget reduction items:

  • Half-day Kindergarten
  • Elimination of foreign language program in elementary schools
  • Elimination of Library Media specialists
  • Elimination of the Quest program in elementary schools
  • Elimination of Early Intervention/Reading Specialists in non-Title 1 schools
  • Class size increases with reduction of paraprofessionals 

The full list is here: 



If you are as concerned as we are and ready to advocate, please attend the following meetings to voice those concerns and show support:


  • Tuesday, March 21stat 7pm
    o    Regular Board Meeting/Budget Work Session #2 at Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314
  • Thursday, March 23rdat 6pm
    o    Members of Board of Education Presentation to Parents, Teachers, and Other Interested Parties at Charter Oak Academy, Auditorium, 425 Oakwood Ave.
  • Wednesday, March 29that 7pm
    o    Public Hearing at the Town Hall, Legislative Chamber – Room 314 


We also encourage you to write letters sharing your thoughts and opinions to the Town Council, Governor and legislators. Names, telephone numbers and emails are included below. Unsure of what to say? Convey your personal beliefs and concerns. 


THANK YOU in advance for taking the time and energy to advocate for all our children! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or concerns. 


Best wishes,

Lori Remington & Abiah Ruel

Aiken PTO Co-Presidents


Town Council: 

Mayor Shari Cantor

(860) 561-7445



Deputy Mayor Leon Davidoff

(860) 233-0407



Denise Hall (R Minority Leader)

(860) 521-7654



Chris Barnes (R)

(860) 461-7822



Judy Casperson (D)

(860) 232-5343



Dallas Dodge (D)

(860) 930-6159



Beth Kerrigan (D)

(860) 922-9288



Ben Wenograd (D)

(860) 232-4926



Chris Williams (R)

(860) 280-6178



Board of Education Contacts:

The full BOE can be emailed at boardmembers@whps.org


BOE Rep Carol Blanks, Secretary



BOE Rep Tammy Exum,



BOE Rep Cheryl Greenberg, Vice-Chair



BOE Rep Mark Overmyer-Valazquez, Chairperson



BOE Rep Dave Pauluk, Financial Examiner



BOE Rep Jay Sarzen, Financial Examiner



BOE Rep Mark Zydanowicz



State Legislatures:

State level talking points for consideration that support education:

  • Towns absorbing the burden of pension costs
  • Underfunding/inequity of funding through the ECS (education cost sharing) grant
  • Overall reduction in special education funding when comparing ECS reduction and new special education grant
  • Lack of revenue plans in Governor’s budget 


Governor Malloy’s Office:

(860) 566-4840



State Senator Beth Bye

(860) 240-0428



State Rep. Andy Fleischmann (18th District)

(860) 240-0429



State Rep. Derek Slap (19th District)

(860) 240-8585



State Rep. Joe Verrengia

(860) 240-8585