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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio is requesting that the Cheshire Board of Education support his recommendation of a $64 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Florio made his presentation Thursday night when he laid out exactly why he believes a little over $2 million in new spending is needed in Cheshire's public schools.
The proposal, which works out to a 3.2 percent increase over last year, does not call for any new teaching positions to be added or any big initiatives to be undertaken. Approximately 64 percent of the additional monies would go towards staff salaries, benefits, and special education costs.
However, Florio did stress that, as opposed to recent years, he is asking for increases in different areas of the budget. During his presentation, he specifically mentioned the modest increase requests for both maintenance and technology, which he stated have remained "flat" in terms of funding for a very long time.
He stated that maintenance on the school buildings, many of which are pushing 60 years old, "can not being ignored" any longer, while, in the case of technology, he warned that failing to properly invest would hurt the school system.
For more on this story, see next week's Cheshire Herald.