Though the board wont vote on the budget until its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, every member said they planned on approving it. The new budget is 2.59 percent, or about $600,000, more than the year before.
One of the few concerns raised by the board regarded $510,000 for nonrecurring capital site work. Chairman Bruce Likly wondered whether that money could be made into bonded projects rather than have it show in the budget.
If the $510,000 were removed from the budget, Likly said, that could bring it much closer to the 1.75 percent increase the Board of Finance requested.
I think youve done an excellent job, board member Christine Finklestein said. And its nice to see, from my perspective, anyway, that were not in such a dire situation as we have been in years past.
Vice Chairman Gilmore Bray saw the potential for rebuilding programs lost to recent budget cuts. To say the least, this year is much better than last year, he said. Bray added that although the budget doesn't do much to restore deleted programs, we have begun to rebuild, slowly but surely.
The hope for most board members was that with this budget, the schools could begin to bring back programs lost due to past budget cuts.
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