The Globe has coverage of last night's school committee meeting. In short, they're trying to trim (or hack) $60 million from the FY11 budget. The following items will make up part of the gap: freezing administrative salaries, turning down heat in schools and offices, and reducing custodial staff. Other possibilities include school closings, reduced busing, furlough days, wage freezes, or pay cuts. They don't foresee any teacher lay-offs.
I really get nervous when I hear about inefficiences and school size. Many of the little elementaries in the West Zone are gems.
The president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau told the reporter that school closings seem inevitable. Yikes.
I'll try to delve into the budget documents myself a little later.