PAWTUCKET â€” While saying that he intends to be open minded about hearing options at an upcoming meeting, Mayor Donald Grebien has made it clear that he thinks the School Department must take responsibility in addressing an unexpected deficit of $1.5 or more that has arisen as the 2012 school budget is being closed out.
At last Tuesday's special School Committee meeting, Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke said that while the final budget figures for FY12 won't be known until October, she is predicting a deficit of $1.5 to $1.8 million. She and the School Department's financial team blamed the shortfall primarily on a greater number of expenditures being needed from the medical reserves line than had been anticipated in the budget. The budget had provided $770,000 in the medical reserves for FY12. Other factors included a greater number of outplacements for special education students than predicted and fewer â€śunspecified cutsâ€ť than what had been projected.
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