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.