NEW MILFORD — Board of Education Chairman David Lawson used his report at Tuesday’s meeting to lament budget cuts demanded by the state, the town and the Board of Finance.

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.

The biggest drivers of the schools’ requested budget increase was contractual obligations for staff and higher health insurance costs. Rising transportation costs and a new emotional support program at the high school also contributed to the increase.

Lawson spoke out about proposed state funding cuts.

Under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget, New Milford is expected to receive $6.6 million less in state funding next year, though local officials do not expect the governor’s proposal to be adopted without change by the legislature.

Lawson singled out the governor’s proposal to shift one-third of teacher pension costs from the state to municipalities.

“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.; 203-731-3345