Northborough – School officials across the country welcomed the influx of federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. But now that the stimulus program has ended, many districts are scrambling to find ways to fund budgets.
Charles Gobron, the superintendent of the Northborough-Southborough Regional School District, is requesting a budget of $19.7 million for Northborough's K-8 schools for fiscal year (FY) 2013. That figure, which is 5.8 percent over the FY 2012 budget, has caught town officials by surprise, as they were anticipating a 3.5 percent increase. Gobron said the increase is necessary to fund cost-of-living increases for salaries and to make up for the loss of over $400,000 in federal funds.