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School Budget Shaping Up

Superintendent Brenda Hodges said the budget situation in Mansfield is starting to come together.

Mansfield School Committee Chairman Michael Trowbridge said that the fiscal situation in Mansfield may be improving.

“Not to be real optimistic, but we’re $1.1 million above what we were expecting,” he said. “Realize it’s still early in the process and there are a lot of things we need to shake out.”

Mansfield Schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges said that to maintain level services, the district still needs $500,000 for what the current projections are. She said that everyone in the joint budget subcommittee strongly believe that chapter 70 state funding will be level funded at 2.5 percent for 2013, since Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget did not cut into state funding for schools.

“It’s a moving target really until you get to May,” she said.

Hodges added that both the town and the schools are looking for additional sources of revenue. She said, for instance, that the health care costs for the schools has most likely been estimated on the high side, and through negotiations and actual costs may be lowered.

“Those numbers could be adjusted as time moves forward,” said Trowbridge.

Hodges said that it’s still up in the air in terms of definite numbers until the state confirms their funding.

“We’re at the mercy of the state and as the state gives us better numbers,” she said.

Janet Sroczynski February 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Residents and Taxpayers, something to keep in mind: Article and link at: http://www.wickedlocal.com/bridgewater/news/x171148898/Bridgewater-Raynham-cracks-down-on-enrollment-fraud#axzz2LM0pvQfZ "Bridgewater-Raynham Cracks Down on Enrollment Fraud" -article by Rebecca Hyman of February 15, 2013.
Tina Mqs February 21, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Interesting. Living in one town and falsifying docs to have your kids in another town's schools is old news, but these days, it's a financial issue that affects everyone. What's an "executed mortgage"? All the original paperwork? What about folks who rent an apartment or condo or house- how can they prove residency? If that can be addressed, I'm all for proving residency.
jackie March 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Wouldnt you think bullying in our schools takes presidence?

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