At the March 7 Board of Education meeting, the BOE acquiesced to the pleas of the Lacrosse crowd present and decided to add $240,000 to the school budget request that will go to the city’s Board of Finance. The extra money requested would be used to fund a Lacrosse program as well as provide for general music at CHMS and NEMS next year (but not the K-8’s). The BOE then encouraged teachers and Lacrosse proponents to attend the next Board of Finance meeting on March 29.
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The Board of Finance and City Council are unlikely to grant this request for additional funds due to the state MInimum Budget Requirement (MBR) law, which prevents a city from decreasing the school budget. They must either keep funds level or increase them.