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BOE Finance Committee Recommends Florio's Budget

January 25, 2012 by John Rook

The Cheshire Board of Education Finance Committee recommended that the full Board approve Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
At the beginning of this month, Florio presented a budget that asked for $63,205,809, or $1.8 million in new spending, from the Board and Town of Cheshire. The proposal represents a 3.02 percent increase over last year's budget.
Over the last two weeks the Board has met to review and discuss each aspect of the proposal, going over everything from teacher's salaries to state and federal mandates. There was a chance that the Board could take action on the budget last night, but instead chose to continue with the Finance Committee review of accounts and hold a special BOE meeting tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., at Dodd Middle School where it is expected that the Board will vote on the Committee's recommendation.
On Tuesday night, Vincent Masicana, director of management services for the school district, touched on a number of different accounts, but spent the bulk of his time speaking about technology.
Masciana insisted that many of the technological initiatives that had been proposed by the district had not been funded appropriately, such as SMART Boards, which administrators had hoped to have in every compatible "learning station" by now. However, Masciana went through great lengths to point out how school administrators had actually improved the technological capabilities of the district while also finding a way to save money.
The meeting tomorrow night will involve Board member reaction to the budget, public comments, and a final vote on the proposal. Dodd Middle School is located at 100 Park Place.
For more on Tuesday's Finance Committee, see tomorrow's Cheshire Herald.

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