Thursday, June 19, 2008

"We just can't lay off 45 teachers"

Posted Jun 18, 2008 @ 11:04 PM


At Councilor Robert Vallee's insistence, Town Council last night voted to discuss at their next meeting, on July 9, giving schools $1 million to avoid some of the massive teacher layoffs.

"I'm very concerned about 47 layoffs at the schools," Vallee said, suggesting the council consider taking $1 million out of the town's stabilization account to fund teachers' jobs.

Earlier in the budget season, Town Council agreed not to tap into stabilization this year for operational costs such as teacher or staff salaries in order to keep sufficient funds in that account.

Vallee made the same proposal in budget discussions prior to the failed $2.8 million Proposition 2 1/2 tax override ballot question on June 10.

"I think it's critical. It's irresponsible for us to do nothing about this. We just can't lay off 45 teachers without the town taking action," Vallee said.

Councilor Joseph McGann seconded Vallee's motion, and after a few moments of looking around at one another and some raised eyebrows, Chairman Christopher Feeley said he would vote to put it on the July 9 agenda.

"I'm always in favor of a good debate," Feeley said, but noted he will not support the move.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here


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    Better to move forward then look back!

  2. That is helpful Richard. Thank you.

    What do we do about our children who education is going to be negatively effect by higher class sizes? They will likely be less prepared to come out into the real world and be productive workers.