Several Ridge (New Haven, Conn.) Road School parents asked the Board of Education to restore seven special education-related positions that were cut from the 2012-13 budget.
The school board last month approved a $45.7 million budget for the next school year with a 3 percent increase from the current $44.38 million budget.
The Board of Finance will finalize the town and school budgets March 21. The public hearing is April 3.
Parent Julie Bossenberry said that the social workers, special education teachers and the guidance counselor are not “dispensable personnel and should be added back. They address school climate and family issues and most importantly, support students.”
She said the school board should plan its budget based on what it needs first, and then let the Board of Finance and the taxpayers decide on the “financial piece.”
Ridge Road PTA President Cheri Gibson said that children in 2012 witness “horrendous acts of violence,” and have to deal with things like bullying and cyberbullying.