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School Budget Request Cut by $3 Million

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Stamford, CT | Added on April 25, 2015 At 09:59 PM

Stamford’s schools will have less money than requested in next year’s budget after the City’s Board of Finance decided to cut it by $3million last week. This reduction brings the requested $9.8 million increase down to a $6.8 million increase, for a budget of about $255 million.

Hamilton says the cut leaves her with tough decisions. She says this may be the first time she’ll have to cut a teacher in 11 years.  And this could result in an increase in class size. 

The Superintendent says last year’s school budget request was cut by $3.7 million. And despite a growth in enrollment in Stamford’s schools, Hamilton says the school budget has actually used a smaller fraction of the city’s revenue over the years.   

Hamilton presented a reworked budget to Board of Representatives Thursday night. Fiscal Committee Chair Jay Fountain said in a phone interview he doesn’t see any inclination to cut the budget further. “We feel very sorry for the cuts they already have,” he said.  The budget will be reviewed by the Board’s fiscal committee Monday before being voted on by the entire Board on May 4. 

 


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