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Bedford School Committee Approves FY 2012 Budget

March 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Bedford School Committee has approved a FY 2012 Budget that meets the Finance Committee Guideline while maintaining programs and services in our schools.  The Committee voted a budget of $31,716,380 with an assumption that the $562,500 awarded to Bedford via State Impact Aid for our Hanscom population will be added to that base budget to form a total budget of $32,278,880 for FY2012.

The Committee’s ability to reach that budget without the elimination of programs or the institution of fees for families is a direct result of several financial  factors.  First and foremost, the Bedford Education Association ratified a three year contract for teachers that enabled us to reduce the personnel costs in FY 2012 without reducing teaching positions or programs.  The willingness of our teachers to help us solve the FY 2012 Budget problem is characteristic of a professional staff that always goes beyond reasonable expectations to make this a great place for kids.  On both a personal and professional level, I am indebted to them for working with us through such a  challenging fiscal situation.  The second factor that contributed to the budget resolution is the state’s recent assurances that the Special Education Circuit Breaker will be funded at 65% vs. tha 38% rate in Fy2011.

The final step in the approval of our budget is the vote of Annual Town Meeting which begins on March 28th.

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  •   Valerie Rushanan // Mar 10th 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Wow—we should all thank our wonderful teachers and creative administrators!!!

    Thank you! Merc beaucoup! !Xie xie nimen! ¡Muchas gracias! Danke! Tak! Mille grazie!

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