Berlin and Plainville school boards prepare for cuts following state aid uncertainty

Berlin and Plainville school boards prepare for cuts following state aid uncertainty

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Berlin and Plainville officials are looking at budget options after Gov. DannelP. Malloy announced cuts in aid to municipalities last month.

At recent town meetings, the two school boards were advised to consider cuts totaling upwards of $200,000.

“This would be determined after the new year,” said Berlin School Superintendent David Erwin.

Berlin school officials are considering not filling positions, including assistant superintendent of schools, which will be vacant when current assistant superintendent Brian Benigni becomes superintendent next month.

Erwin said the position will be unfilled until July. That vacancy, along with others, would save about $200,000.

Kevin Delaney, Berlin finance director, said the town is facing a $600,000 budget shortfall.

Both the Town Council and Board of Finance agreed to ask town hall and the school board to look for savings.

Other options include a supplemental tax, a revised budget, or using surplus funds.

Plainville has similar options after a recent $870,000 cut in state aid. The town’s reductions for the current fiscal year now total $1.9 million.

“We froze the budget,” said Plainville Superintendent of Schools MaureenBrummett.

The finance subcommittee of the school board met Monday night to discuss future steps.

The school board is considering $219,000 in savings through not filling vacant positions.

Both Brummett and Erwin said any further budgeted reductions could result in layoffs.

Both towns will be holding meetings in the next few weeks to discuss budget options further.
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