Last night's Budget Forum drew more than 125 parents and community members and was also attended by School Committee members, Selectmen, Finance Committee members, and Representative Kate Hogan. School Committee Chair, Susan Dunnell welcomed participants and introduced School Committee members.
Superintendent of Schools, Kevin Lyons, made a slide presentation outlining the serious deficit that the schools face for the next school year and outlined reasons for the deficit, potential impacts that may be required by program and personnel reductions, and the budget process followed by the administration and School Committee.
Representative Hogan spoke about the process on Beacon Hill that will transpire over coming months. Many groups are calling on the House to increase aid to towns for education and other essential services (Statement of the MA Municipal Association).
Parents and residents offered suggestions to increase revenues and cut expenses. The Forum was simulcast on HUD TV and a number of questions came from home viewers.
Link to MetroWest story by Jeff Malachowski