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Board Of Education Expected To Act On Budget Tonight

January 22, 2013 by John Rook

The Board of Education is expected to approve its 2013/2014 budget recommendation tonight during a special meeting.
For the last three weeks, Board members have poured over Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio's proposal for a $64.5 million operating budget for the School District. The plan calls for roughly $2 million in new spending, or a 3.2 percent increase over the current year's budget.
There are no major initiatives proposed under Florio's budget, only increases to a wide variety of accounts, including maintenance and technology, which both Florio and the Board have highlighted as needs for the District.
At tonight's meeting, a special Committee of the Whole Meeting is planned where the budget will once again be discussed and a recommendation made. The Board can increase or decrease the amount, or they can choose to forward Florio's request on to Town Manager Michael Milone unchanged.
After action is taken at the committee level, a special meeting of the full Board will be held immediately following where final approval is expected.
If the Board fails to act tonight, another meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Tonight's meeting will be held at Dodd Middle School, 100 Park Place, with the Committee meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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