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The Board of Education's Finance Committee took up the issue of the 2014/2015 operating budget on Tuesday night, with a specific focus on making full-day kindergarten a reality.
Though the Town Council recently approved a BOE budget that included $2.3 million in new spending, it still represents a nearly $1 million decrease in the plan originally proposed by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio and approved by the full Board. That means cuts will need to be made.
On Tuesday evening, officials proposed a way to make up for the $882,441 difference between what was requested and what was approved, suggesting cuts to the full-day plan, maintenance, equipment, text books, and transportation.
According to information distributed by school officials, the plan, if approved by the full Board, would call for a reduction of $150,000 in teachers salaries for full-day, as well as an additional $300,000 reduction in other teachers salaries, which would derive from an early retirement program being offered. Equipment and Transportation would each be reduced by $150,000, while a decrease in the money spent on instructional assistants, maintenance, textbooks/materials, and equipment equals $132,441.
For more on this story, see an upcoming edition of The Herald.