Milford Board of Education Scraps School Security Upgrade, Professional Development, Instructional Supplies

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Milford Board of Education Scraps School Security Upgrade, Professional Development, Instructional Supplies


McLoughlin, Pamela, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


MILFORD » The Board of Education Tuesday voted unanimously on $300,000 in budget cuts, per order of the Board of Aldermen, including postponing a plan to relocate a security booth at Foran High School as part of a safety upgrade.

With little discussion -- but apparently hours of analysis by education officials behind the scenes this week -- the board said yes to officials' recommendations. The amount of the education budget after the cuts is $89,213,231.

The cuts include eliminating four paraprofessional positions, with the hope they will be covered by grants, for a savings of $82,000.

The board also had allocated $7,500 to begin upgrading security at Foran High School to meet post-Sandy Hook shooting guidelines, which recommend four to five vestibules, said Assistant Superintendent of Schools James L. Richetelli Jr. He said there is an attendance booth at the entrance and security booth farther in.

He said the plan was to make the first booth for security.

But it, too, will wait, along with professional development and instructional supplies that include preschool equipment.

The board also eliminated a vacant $85,000 per year IT director slot and will keep three who are paid a stipend to do the work at $60,000 all together, meaning a net savings of $25,000. …

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