School Board chairman laments budget cuts
Earlier this month, the finance board voted to cut $532,000 from the schools’ requested budget for 2017-18, in addition to $225,000 Town Council had cut in March. The total $757,000 cut is more than 1 percent of what school officials had sought.
“I wish it was more pleasant news on the monetary front,” Lawson said.
These cuts brought the schools budget to $62.8 million, which is $1.1 million more than this year’s figure.
“I’m confident the administrative team is working on various scenarios to accommodate that,” Lawson said.
The scenarios most likely will not be presented to the school board until after the town budget referendum next month. A date for the vote has not yet been set.
Lawson spoke out about proposed state funding cuts.
“Many board of education chairmen, including myself, quite frankly find that unacceptable,” he said.
The Board of Finance also reduced the town budget by $968,000, bringing that portion of the total budget to $38.2 million, for an overall total of nearly $101 million.
Shortly after the finance board approved the reduced budget, Superintendent Joshua Smith said the schools will struggle to deal with the cuts from their request, although he still hopes the budget passes at referendum.
He said at the time the school board had worked hard to create a “transparent and fiscally responsible” budget.