STRATFORD — The newly elected Board of Education and Town Council are but a few days old, and already they’re both facing a test of judgment concerning Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson’s intention to ax about 40 teachers in January.

Robinson made the announcement of the impending layoffs earlier this week, after the Stratford Education Association — the district’s teachers’ union — voted not to go along with her request for two unpaid days off at the end of the academic year. Other unions paid by the school district were OK with that idea, but the faculty were not.

The prospect of 40 teachers walking out the door and students being herded into different classrooms will almost certainly be front-and-center when the Town Council meets in special session on Monday, to vote on a budget for the current, 2017-18 fiscal year. And the Board of Education will have to weigh in on the layoff plan before it takes effect, town officials say.

“This is work that is not enjoyable. It does not further the mission of our district, but unfortunately it’s our financial reality,” Robinson said in a YouTube video she released in announcing her layoff plans.

The superintendent was not available Friday for further comment. But Mayor Laura Hoydick said “no one in town” wants to see teacher layoffs.

Hoydick said she still had hope that, through collective bargaining, there would be a deal to keep all of the faculty on the job.

Stratford is the last municipality in Connecticut not to approve a budget for the current fiscal year. The newly seated Town Council is expected to finally OK the spending plan Monday night, without the fanfare and hand-wringing that was seen with the council in its budget deliberations through most of 2017.

Whether the council will find a little more Monday night for the school district remains to be seen.

“The town is looking at a $7 million shortfall from the money it expected from Hartford, so there really is not a lot there for us to work with ,” said Greg Cann, the returning Democratic councilman from District 5.

Christopher W. Tymniak, the town’s chief administrative officer, said Friday that the Town Council would be presented with a proposed budget of $217.5 million, which is $1.2 million more than the 2016-17 budget — the slight increase being mostly the result of fixed costs. Of that total, $109 million would be for the school district, a 2 percent increase from 2016-17.

That meeting will convene in Town Hall at 7 p.m.

Cann has been a consistent critic of the school district spending, and said that he’s not inclined to give the schools any more.

But Councilman Dave Harden, of District 4, said that council would be sensitive to the children.

“I don’t think we’re at that point to see teacher layoffs and I know a lot of teachers were not on board with the union on this,” Harden, a Democrat, said.