New Canaan Residents Turn Out To Support School Budget

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Parents and New Canaan school members found room wherever they could to hear what the Board of Finance would do to the proposed budget for the schools. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — People stood, sat on the floor and leaned on desks as they gathered to show support for New Canaan’s public schools during a special Board of Finance meeting Tuesday night.

In addition to showing up, about 50 members of the community also passed around a petition for people to sign in support of the Board of Education’s proposed spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Board of Finance alternate member John Kanter said he was proud of the turnout and the massive number of emails the parents and school community sent in support of the proposed spending plan. The boards are doing their best not to hurt the school district, he said.

“We never have enough money for all of our opportunities,” said Kanter, whose kids are students in the district.

The board decided to recommend a $1.5 million cut in the school’s proposed spending plan; the figure had been $2 million before the meeting. Board members said they didn’t want to hurt the classrooms and education levels with the suggestion to make cuts.

“Our goal here is to take the No. 1 ranking we had and move it forward,” Board of Finance member Robert Spangler said, explaining that the board would like to trim some of the increases.

The public will have a chance to speak against the cuts at a hearing March 12 at the Nature Center. After that meeting, the boards can amend the suggested budget and forward it along to the Town Council.

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