School Committee Reorganizes and Adopts FY2010 Budget

The annual re-organization meeting of the Burlington School Committee took place this evening.  The members thanked Michael DeSimone for his service as Chairman during the year and congratulated him on his re-election. The committee nominated Thomas Murphy the new Chairman and Christine Monaco the new Vice Chair.

The school committee’s other significant task was to adopt a FY2010 budget.  After much discussion, the committee unanimously adopted a FY2010 budget that is $775,000 less than initially presented.  The final figure of $35,808,000 matches the Ways and Means figure from April 1st.  The adopted budget reflects the school district’s portion of the revenue shortfall created by the economic down-turn ($1.4 million as discussed).

Specific budget cuts have not been identified.  We will be working hard in the next few weeks prior to town meeting to identify the specific reductions needed to balance the school district budget.  Information regarding these recommendations and will be discussed at upcoming school committee meetings.

3 thoughts on “School Committee Reorganizes and Adopts FY2010 Budget

  1. Rizzo Concerned taxpayer and parent

    There would be no need for any budget cut considerations if town would release the money it has on hand that totals over 5 million dollars. That money is the tax dollars that all residents of Burlington contributed to. Many of those people work for the town and are now being asked to sacrifice their own income to make the budget work. This is totally unnessesary give the town’s money on hand. What Dr. Conti, the School Committee, Town Selectmen and manager will not admit is that we have too much money on hand, too many ways to generate money like other towns have done with fees to qualify for federal stimulus money through the state and federal governments. The leadership of the town would rather saddle its workers, the very people that make this town what it is, with its debt. Burlington has the money to offset its current deficit and continue to do so in the next fiscal year if necessary without draining all its reserve funds. Why again does it insist on asking its employees to pay the price.

    Maybe layoffs are what is necessary to wake up Burlington. Maybe when class sizes double, emergency responders are spread too thin to respond and cars are swallowed in potholes will the people of Burlington wake up to the reality that its leaders are sitting on the cash necessary to keep the town running smooth. Many other towns don’t have the money we do. We should feel lucky and spend some of it instead of asking others to sacrifice what they might not be able to afford.

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  2. burlingtonps Post author

    Thank you for your comment. Your statement regarding the federal stimulus money is not factual. Belmont received stimulus money. Burlington did not. The reason is not based on the money the towns could possibly raise and are not raising. The reason is because Burlington currently spends more to support people and programs, and of these expenditures over 80% of our operating budget goes to salary related expenses. In other words, our lack of federal stimulus dollars contradicts your point. Burlington is not receiving certain federal stimulus funds because the town currently funds educational programs well above the foundational requirements of the state. All of these arguments aside, we are still fighting for federal stimulus money and hope the Governor changes his methodology of distributing the funds. Eric Conti

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  3. burlres2

    2 feelings I am having;

    1. There is a contract and it should be carried out as planned. Obviously there would be no point of signing a contract if employees thought that it can be changed anytime somebody feels like it. Because of that, I think a lot of people, especially ones that feel their jobs are safe, would not want to give up any percentage.

    2. Nobody expected the economy to take the drastic turn it has and a lot of people are now out of work or facing the possibility of losing their jobs. If the economy was doing well, there (probably) wouldn’t be a need for any budget cuts. I’d say come to a sensible agreement, give up a little now, keep the family together, and then the next time you are negotiating contracts hopefully you’ll be owed a favor.

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