Wednesday, February 3, 2010

School Committee looking at the budget tonight

Superintendent Carol Johnson will present the recommended FY2011 budget to the Boston School Committee at their meeting tonight. It doesn't look good. They're facing similar problems as last year, only this time, there's no federal stimulus money to save the day. The chief financial officer gave a presentation to the committee in December that gave a taste of what's to come. BPS is expected to face a budget gap again due to increasing costs, grant reductions and restrictions, and investments in certain academic priorities.

The school committee has scheduled a host of public hearings around the city:

Tuesday, Feb. 9., 6-8 p.m.
Harbor Middle School, 11 Charles St., Dorchester

Thursday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m.
Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury

Monday, March 8, 6-8 p.m.
The English High School, 144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain

Wednesday, March 10, 5-6 p.m., (prior to School Committee meeting)
Winter Chambers, 26 Court St., Downtown

The committee is expected to vote on the budget at their March 4 meeting.

3 comments:

JPgal said...

Hm, I thought that by passing the education bill Massachusetts had a shot at getting considerable federal funding - was I wrong about that?

Diane said...

I read on Boston.com that very few people were present at the meeting as compared to last year. Was the meeting publicized? If so, where?

Geeky Mama said...

It depends on what you mean by publicized, I guess. BPS had it up on their website and they emailed the school committee agenda. Maybe parents and students are waiting for the next few public hearings (closer to where they live) to speak out. Maybe they're waiting to hear specifics. I don't really have much insight on this.