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Discussion On Education Budget Kicks Off Council Workshops

March 13, 2014 by John Rook

Town Manager Michael Milone unveiled his $104 million budget proposal earlier this week and now the Cheshire Town Council will begin the work of examining each aspect of it over the course of the next several weeks.
First up: Education.
Tonight at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, the Council will discuss the more than $66 million being requested from the Board of Education for the upcoming fiscal year. The BOE budget annually makes up over 60 percent of the total amount of money spent by the town per year.
This year's budget request includes $856,000 for the implementation of full-day kindergarten in Cheshire. While the Council cannot tell the BOE how to spend its money but can only approve a final allocation of funds, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio has already indicated that, if the Council significantly cuts the overall BOE request, he will not look to implement full-day this year.
Also on the agenda for tonight will be a discussion about pensions and the medical benefits accounts.
The public is invited to attend the workshops.

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