Discouraging budget outlook for schools
Shrewsbury – On the heels of a memo from the Board of Selectmen outlining a bleak outlook for the upcoming budget season, school officials said they are prepared to come forward with a budget with limited, if any, improvements in terms of funding.
"We will surface with a budget that is very, very lean, extremely lean, a budget likely to have some limited reductions in it, but it will by and large protect the system and bring the current system forward as we know it this year," Superintendent Dr. Anthony Bent said.
In a brief statement before the School Committee Dec. 10, Bent said that he, other administrators and high school principals are well into fiscal year (FY) 2010 budget discussions, and they expect to make an initial budget presentation after Jan. 1, 2009.
Town official s hav e said that Shrewsbury could expect to see $1 million to $1.5 million in additional revenue for FY 2010, but changes in state funding may cause that number to decrease.
Despite the advanced warning going into the budget process, Bent said it's unlikely the schools will present an initial budget that's accepted by the town.
"We doubt the budget we put before you and the community in January, as lean as it will be, will be a budget that the community will be able to support," Bent said.
He encouraged the School Committee to come forward with a budget that meets the needs of the 6,000 students who attend Shrewsbury schools, who are entitled to an education regardless of the town's budget problems.
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