School board budget coming up short

Letter to the Editor:

Dr. Title has just announced that the school system needs an extra $1.5 million for this year’s budget.

The reason, according to Dr. Title and Phil Dwyer, chairman of the Board of Education, is “tuition and transportation for those (students) who must be outplaced because they need mental health services.” Seventeen students have been identified as needing these services.

It costs the town $18,000 to educate a student per year.

If you divide $1.5 million by these 17 students you calculate that it must cost the town $88,000 for each of these special mental needs students. I find that hard to believe.

Dr. Title please respond to the following questions:

• It is now March. You discovered last August that you had 17 students who needed these services. Why unearth this now (March) during the 2014-15 budget season?

• Please give us an accounting of the $88,000 cost per student. I do not believe that many of the Fairfield students are being affected by the Newtown school shooting. That is a universal excuse for school systems. Shame on you for pulling that out of your bag of tricks.

Dr. Title has “found” $1.0 million in his budget through “efficiencies” to cover the overage. Really? I thought our budgets were bare bones already.  They wonder why we question them.

Phil Dwyer got very angry with me because I said that Dr. Title was a town employee. Mr. Dwyer says that Dr. Title is the CEO of the town. Sorry. Dr. Title is our employee. We ask for information, give us answers.

 

Linda Snelham-Moore

Fairfield

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