The excellent slide show presentation the Board of Education displayed for the Board of Finance is here. It thoroughly explains the shift in student demographics, strain on the education resources, and capability of the district to pay more than do. Members of the general public should see this to understand the education budget in the proper context.
Here is a Hartford Courant article summarizing the meeting very well.
Here is a Bristol Press article covering the meeting
Lastly, a Bristol Observer article on the March 24 special BOE meeting.