Fresh from Easter break but smarting from $2.9 million reduction to her requested Board of Education budget increase, Superintendent Winifred Hamilton will go the Board of Reps Thursday night to try to keep in tact her remaining $249 million request.
The BOF made its cuts a couple of weeks ago disagreeing on Hamilton’s requests for hiring a principal for a school that doesn’t exist and busing costs for the new fifth grade magnet program slated to start at Rippowam and Scofield middle schools next year.
Word on the street, or rather from the Govt. Center, is that the BOR was in a mood to trim the requested increase further and Hamilton will have a job trying to defend the rising costs of education in a city that gets only a teaspoon of help from the state.
Next week, the Board of Education is packed with meetings to discuss how to handle the budget they are likely to be left with.