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2013-14 School Budget Presentation Scheduled for Wednesday

A public comment session is on the agenda.

It's T-minus three days and counting to budget season.

On Wednesday, Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway is scheduled to present her budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

The meeting is slated to begin at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education administration building.

A public comment session is on tap to follow the presentation.

The Board of Education in November adopted two major budgetary priorities.

The are:

• "Extend the school day to support students and extend opportunities to continue learning opportunities for students throughout the summer months."

• Implement full-day kindergarten.

This year's $48 million school budget represents an increase of about $700,000.

The school board has scheduled three workshops to deliberate over the budget proposal over the next month. The school board has scheduled a special meeting to vote on the spending plan on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.

The education budget proposal is to be delivered to Mayor George Apel four days later.

Attached is the meeting agenda and the full school board budget calendar.

Pete Bradshaw January 08, 2013 at 12:28 AM
In favor of both proposals. There is overwhelming evidence that children benefit from full day Kindergarten. And anything that can either help a child who needs help in an area of need OR help a child learn something in field (like science) that interests them is beneficial to our town. Children naturally want to learn. We need to let them soak it up.
Jennifer Klee January 08, 2013 at 08:18 PM
They are expecting them to learn SO much more in kindergarten these days, it's unfair to both the teachers and students not to have a full day.

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