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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio is expected to ask for additional funding to hire new teachers at tonight's Board of Education meeting.
Florio will present his budget for the 2012/2013 fiscal year, and has suggested that he will request the Board and, subsequently, the Cheshire Town Council, approve additional money that will allow him to hire more classroom faculty. It is unclear how many positions Florio will look to add.
According to the Superintendent, the district has lost 19 teaching positions over the last few years, most through retirements. Those educators were never replaced. It was expected that enrollment would go down this school year, however the number of students went up by seven before September.
Florio's presentation is the first act in what promises to be a long and potentially contentious battle between members of the Board of Education and the Town Council. Last month, after a preliminary meeting between members of the two governmental bodies, Board Chairman Gerry Brittingham and Councilor Andy Falvey exchanged heated words both inside Town Hall and out in the parking lot. The argument began over the fact that Councilor David Schrumm, chairman of the Council Finance Committee, informed Florio and the Board that he expected the Council would only have about $1.3 million in new money, total, to allocate to all departments in town.
Tonights meeting will be held at Town Hall, 84 South Main Street, in Council Chambers, beginning at 7:30 p.m.