Wednesday, March 24, 2010

School committee to vote on budget tonight

The Boston School Committee will vote on next year's BPS budget tonight.

Earlier this month, they were still facing a $3.5 million gap. Here are some of their proposed changes:
  • Eliminating the equivalent of 55 full-time positions in the schools (11 teachers, 43 other staff).
  • Reducing the spending per pupil.
  • Deferring building maintenance. 
  • Having elementary and middle school walk farther to bus stops. The number of bus stops will be reduced.
  • Having middle school students take MBTA buses rather than school buses if they live close to a T stop.
  • Turning the heat down (This is one I fully support. Some of those schools feel like a sauna in the winter.).
They're also looking at raising revenue by allowing advertising on school buses and leasing or selling empty buildings. (The AP has a story today about school districts around the country considering school bus advertising.)

The school committee will have a budget hearing at 5 p.m. (26 Court Street, Downtown) before their regular meeting and the budget vote.

No comments: