Linda Conner Lambeck wrote this in the CT Post:
The city school board–whose operating budget has remained the same for the past three years at $215.8 million–is contemplating asking the city for as much as a 10 percent increase.
The board’s finance committee, which was presented the budget for the first time Monday, has not yet discussed how to manage with anything less than the proposed $233.5 million budget but school officials say school closings are being discussed internally.
Schools Superintendent John Ramos told the board’s finance committee Monday that a major part of the need for the increase is because the district won’t have $5.3 million federal stimulus money any more. That money was being used to pay for English, math and special education teachers.
Why ask for the moolah now when Mayor Bill Finch’s budget has already been submitted to the City Council? The council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee will take up the BOE budget April 13, 6 p.m. in the Wheeler Room of City Hall. Ya think the budget committee is going to become a water boy for the BOE and add more dough? Why didn’t the BOE scream its budget request sooner?