Mass. Schools Say A Level-Funded Budget Is Unrealistic

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

School officials in Hopkinton are already pushing back against the Board of Selectmen’s recommendation that all town departments be level-funded for fiscal year 2014, saying that expectation is “unrealistic.”

“The budget process this year keeps me up at night,” said School Committee member Jonathan Graziano. “With the things we don’t have a choice on, like contractual obligations, buses and the new supervision/evaluation mandate … the idea of a level-funded budget is completely unrealistic.”

Interim Superintendent Steven Hiersche outlined initial fiscal 2014 budget concerns at last week’s School Committee meeting, which included contractual labor cost increases, a new bus contract and a supervision and evaluation mandate from the state.

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