A special BOE meeting was held Wednesday night, with a “go forward” budget approved that would fully fund district programs and staffing. This calls for an almost 7% increase in spending. This budget must now be presented to and approved by the combined City Council and Board of Finance; this is an approval that is highly unlikely, since the BOE budget rejects funding cuts proposed by the Board of Finance.
Earlier in the evening, the BOE initially considered a budget which demonstrated the impact of funding cuts. The reductions directly affecting BFT members of that budget, should it be enacted, can be seen here:
-1 K5 Assistant Principal
-8 high school teachers
-4 elementary teachers
-2 high school guidance counselors
-1 middle school guidance counselor
-12 gifted coaches
-10 kindergarten para-professionals
-16 Department Heads
-3 middle school world language teachers
-2 high school world language teachers
Although these cuts have been rejected by the BOE for now, there will be push back from the Board of Finance as the entire city budget is developed and continues through the approval process. BFT members are encouraged to call and write to Board of Finance members, and attend BoF meetings. More details will follow tomorrow.
I attended the meeting as well last night. Thank you for informing the BFT members about the possible layoffs, but I think you may have missed one. I am the math teacher at Bristol Prep. I didn’t see you mention that Bristol Prep may be on the chopping block. Closing Bristol Prep would mean 4 more HS teachers cut or bumped around in addition to the 8 HS teachers from my interpretation. Can you please clarify this for me?
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David Hayes posted: “A special BOE meeting was held Wednesday night, with a “go forward” budget approved that would fully fund district programs and staffing. This calls for an almost 7% increase in spending. This budget must now be presented to and approved by the combined C”
I plan on updating the potential cuts soon, once I get an actual hard copy of the list. As you know from being there that night, there were no handouts, and the font on the slide show was ridiculously small. All I had to rely on were my own notes, which I feverishly wrote down.