Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"It's not a philosophical difference. It's a funding issue"

The Milford Daily News article on Monday night's Joint Budget Subcommittee meeting reveals:

"I allocated the budget based on that answer," Powderly said. "If that answer was incorrect, I believe that if the chair of the School Committee is present for the question, he has the responsibility to fix the misperception." 
Roy, the chairman, said discussion about potential teacher raises began in January and that he had a presentation, with slides, prepared for the Town Council at that meeting in June, had they asked him that question. 
"I did not hear that question. No one on the School Committee answered that question," said Roy, who quoted the minutes and video of that meeting in saying he did not think the discussion was about the school budget. "No one asked a single question of anyone on the School Committee." 
Roy defended the raises, saying they were swapped for a promise from the union to negotiate without pre-conceived demands in the next contract, and to work on changing the salary table, which drives automatic teacher raises that he said the town can no longer afford.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/archive/x1876835432/Franklin-Town-Council-says-promise-of-no-raises-was-made#ixzz1b7pO3iW3

My live reporting from this meeting is summarized here and here

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