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On Thursday night, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio detailed his budget proposal for the 2011-2012 school year, calling for a 5.09 percent increase over last year's spending totals.
Florio's overall budget proposal is for $63.44 million, approximately $3 million more than the budget for last year.
During the more than hour-long presentation, Florio stated that the elimination of federal stimulus money, an expected decrease in state aid, and an increase in certain school district accounts, such as for teacher salaries and special education, would require the 5.09 percent increase, just to keep things at their current levels.
If his budget were to be cut by any significant amount, Florio stated that some drastic measures might have to be considered, from the elimination of certain sports activities and music programs, to the possible closure of a school.
For the complete story on Florio's proposal, see next week's edition of The Cheshire Herald.