School board needs to find other ways to reduce budget

To the Editor:

Fairfield’s Schools Supt. Dr. David Title, in commenting on the RTM’s majority vote to reduce, by one half million dollars, the Board of Finance’s recommendation to spend $151 million for education in the next budget cycle, said that the additional cut will mean administrators will review reducing both certified and non-certified staff “anywhere we could do the least amount of harm.”

The fact of the matter is that Title does not get to make those decisions; he can only recommend what to do. The Board of Education has to make a decision. Fairfield’s Board of education may wish to consider that there are other places to cut cost, like in energy usage.

Most everybody around town knows of residential Weston’s quality school performance, but few people know about how that Board of Education cut energy usage just by changing the behavior of the people who use the energy in the schools.

In one year, the Weston education department, with very little capital investment, cut its energy use across the board by better than 25% and saved the Weston residential taxpayers big time in the multiple six figure range.  And the entire behavioral change program, guided by a paid consultant, was a joint effort of teachers, administrators, staff and students according to the Weston BOE. Fairfield can and should do the same.

Time to think out of the box, set standards and goals, maintain the utility systems to a standard and shut the darn lights out when you leave the room, too.

 

Jim Brown

Fairfield

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