Preview: School Board Meets Tonight, May 16

On the agenda: Walsh Intermediate School sound concerns and the 2012/2013 education budget.

The will meet tonight in the Class Act Room of  at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and will be videotaped.

The meeting will address the 2012/2013 education budget in the aftermath of a  decided May 8. Some Board of Education officials have voiced concerns that the cuts, coming on the heels of earlier announced $300,000 cuts, could result in the loss of innovations like world languages programs or 's pre-kindergarten classes.

Discussion is also open on sound attenuation issues at Francis Walsh Intermediate School. In March,  asking the RTM to research soundproofing strategies for the "open school," which lacks traditional walls. In a , over 85% of responders agreed "something should be done now" about the sound issue at Walsh. "Our children and the quality of their education must come first," wrote one commenter. "How will they be able to concentrate and absorb all they are being taught, when there are so much noise pollution at WIS?"

Also on the agenda are approvals for a child nutrition program and grants for adult education.

Check out the PDF for the full agenda for tonight's Board of Education meeting.

Phil May 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I think teachers, well most teachers, are way overpaid. Their drastic pay increases seemed to happen years ago when our economy was in much better shape. I know a 3rd grade teacher who currently makes as much a director in big CT-based company. I know that teachers have their work cut out for them, but come one. The salaries of employees in the private sector had to be adjusted, everyone that I know is bringing home much less than they have in the past while we get through these tough times. Why haven't teachers, town employees and state employees salaries been ajusted. They seem to just keep getting raises using our tax dollars. That's where you cut the budget, salaries and benefits.
C May 16, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Mom of Three May 16, 2012 at 09:18 PM
If it makes you feel any better, the teachers received a zero percent increase across the board and no additional step increase so their salaries were, in fact, frozen, however, with insurance rates going up, they will be making less than last year.
C May 17, 2012 at 01:32 PM
you need to look multi-year. last few years, next few years to see the imbalance to the private sector.


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