'It's very disheartening.' Community fights to change Milford BOE's plan to cut $2M from budget

Milford's Board of Finance has slashed the Board of Education's initial 2023-24 budget proposal of $106 million by $1.8 million.

News 12 Staff

Mar 30, 2023, 2:45 AM

Updated 391 days ago

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Nearly $2 million is at risk in Milford schools as the Board of Education continues to discuss potential cuts from next year's school budget.
Parents and community members gathered at Parson's Complex Wednesday for a second time this week to hear the possible cuts that could happen as a result of the current proposed education budget for the upcoming academic year.
During Wednesday's meeting, community members continued to voice their concern.
"I don't think people realize the gravity of this, I mean this is the biggest cut we have seen since 2010," said Kara Flannery, MilfordEd Advocates.
Milford's Board of Finance has slashed the Board of Education's initial 2023-24 budget proposal of $106 million by $1.8 million.
"It's been a long time since the Board of Education has been subjected to this steep of a cut," said Susan Glennon, board chair with Milford Board of Education.
The Board of Education has now been left to make do with what they have been handed, by laying out potential cuts.
Things on the line range from closing down an elementary or middle school, closing the Academy for students with special needs, eliminating world languages in elementary school, freshman sports and elementary string and band, among other possibilities spanning five pages.
"It's very disheartening, you know we've worked very hard to bring these services to Milford," said Glennon.
The community is hoping the board reinstates these funds.
"We're here fighting for this because it means so much," said Flannery.
The Board of Aldermen will have the final say with a vote and that's expected to come be in May.


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