Superintendent Carol R. Johnson this week presented a preliminary budget to the Boston School Committee for the 2009-10 school year, including major reductions to schools and central offices in order to close a $107 million gap between revenue and expenses. Citing rising costs and declining state and federal resources, Dr. Johnson presented an initial plan that exceeds the $787 million target by more than $24 million.
She and the School Committee echoed Mayor Menino's call for all BPS employees to accept a one-year wage freeze next year to reduce the need for teacher layoffs. The Superintendent also proposed changing the student assignment plan from a 3-zone to a 5-zone model in order to reduce transportation costs while preserving school choice. For updated information about the budget, as well as a schedule of public hearings, visit the BPS website.
Watch the Superintendent on Fox 25 morning news describing the challenge: