TO:      All Watertown Families

FROM:  Dr. Rydell Harrison, Superintendent of Schools

On February 25, 2019, the Watertown Board of Education unanimously approved the Superintendent’s Recommended Budget for the 2019-2020 school year. As we began the budget process, my goal was to present a budget that: strategically allocates resources in ways that would benefit students; aligns with the three focus areas of our upcoming strategic plan (Watertown Cares, Watertown Learns, and Watertown Leads); and casts a long-term vision of improvement and represents our efforts to increase the accuracy of projections. 


The proposed budget of $45,547,288 includes an increase of $1,292,304 or 2.92 percent over the present, projected budget of $44,254,984. The 2.92 percent increase in the overall budget is broken into three categories–fixed costs, variable costs and continuous improvement. Fixed costs represent changes in insurance, increases in employee contracts and benefits and anticipated transportation costs. Variable costs represent projected increases in special education costs (contracted services, transportation and outplacement tuition). Continuous improvement costs capture the budget expansion requests from our schools and district departments as well as increases related to our strategic plan focus areas.


On March 19th, I will present the Board of Education Adopted Budget to the Town Council at 7:00 pm. Click on the link to view the 2019-2020 Budget presentation. Thank you for all you do to support the students and staff of Watertown Public Schools.

Dr. Rydell Harrison

Superintendent of Schools


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