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Meeting Between Boards of Finance, Education Canceled

The meeting originally scheduled to take place tonight has been canceled.

Update: Tuesday, Feb. 26 — 1:38 p.m.

The meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled, according to Mathew Hepfer, the district's technology director. 

According to the Board of Education's website, the next scheduled meeting of the school board is Thursday, March 7. 

Original article:

The Wilton Board of Education is set to respond tonight to questions posed by the town's financiers in regards to the proposed 2013-2014 budget.

Earlier this month, the Board of Finance submitted to the school board a list of questions so as to get a better handle on what part of the school budget is discretionary spending and what part is mandated. 

Last month, Dr. Gary Richards, superintendent of schools, proposed a 4.39 percent budget increase, which if approved would have sent the budget for Wilton's schools up $3.3 million to $77.3 million. The initial increase has since been whittled to 3.83 percent, bringing the 2013-2014 budget request to $76.9 million.

When the Boards of Education and Finance met earlier this month, financier Al Alper said he felt as though the tax rate in Wilton is putting the town "in a death spiral," noting the school budget has more than doubled since he moved to town in 2001. 

But school board Chairman Bruce Likly said the schools are the town's best asset, and it's a balancing act to make sure they remain competitive with neighboring districts. 

The meeting will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the professional library at Wilton High School.

Alethiologist February 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM
TTH writes a comment to Sherman, WT replies in the first person denying TTH's assertion. So, WT is a sock puppet for Sherman. Recall, Sherman appears only after WT is called out for spending so much taxpayer time posting rebuttals to those seeking savings. WT / Sherman: change your name to lummox. You earned it.
Mr. Wooppee February 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Alethiologist--you are soooooooooo wrong about WT=SP. And it's sooooooooooo much fun pulling all you losers chains all day long.
Alethiologist February 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Ha, whoopee, Sherman, WT. Possessive of "losers" requires the use of an apostrophe here.
Stop wasting my tax dollars February 27, 2013 at 01:49 PM
WT, unless you are using your own personal laptop or phone to post, during lunch you are using the town's property (computer and internet access) which my tax dollars paid for for your own personal use. You wanted a specific example of waste of town resources, well thats one!
Cliff Cuming February 27, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Hey what ever happened to the fiber optic project?

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