06 / 25 / 2020
  - 08:13:17 AM
Franklin School Committee Approves Budget

By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The members of the Franklin School Committee, reluctantly approved a Fiscal year 2021 operating budget, an amount $3.4 million short of what they say is needed to keep schools running as is. Superintendent of Schools Sara Ahearn painted a bleak picture as she reviewed possible budget cuts, after the Town Council last week, reduced the school budget to just shy of $65.7 million. The words describing possible cuts, including about 20 cuts in personnel, were different, but the same the Chair of the School Committee Dr. Ann Bergen referring to the bottom line as devastating.Vice-Chair Mary Jane Schofield called it horrifying and school committee member Tim Keenan saying it handcuffs the schools with these painful cuts. Keenan was the lone vote against approving the revised budget as recommended by Superintendent  Ahearn. He says it’s hard to approve a budget, you know doesn’t include enough money for the schools, especially when you take into account Franklin trails many districts in per pupil spending. Superintendent Ahearn says approval is needed to allow the bills to be paid as the next Fiscal Year begins in a week and she also told the committee, additional cuts will be necessary when the amount of State aid, Chapter 70 money is known it’s expected to be about a ten percent cut in funding.

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