HARVARD — Superintendent Thomas Jefferson suggested the School Committee host two dinner meetings in December to discuss the school department’s fiscal year 2010 budget.
The “working dinners” will allow principals Jim O’Shea and Mary Beth Banios, Special Education Director Pamela DeGregorio and facilities manager Mark Force to identify specific cost-center requests to Jefferson and the School Committee.
“At the superintendent’s meeting, Tom Scott told us things don’t look good at the state level,” Jefferson said. “One superintendent was told to look at the budget at three different levels.”
The three levels include a normal increase in state aid for the schools and towns, a budget that would be level from the previous year and a 7 percent cut in state aid.
“The only saving grace, if there is one, is Harvard is not getting a lot of state aid to begin with,” Jefferson said. “So when there are cuts, it’s not a high percentage for Harvard.”
Jefferson said he has been working with the numbers, along with financial director Lorraine Leonard, and plans to have a first draft ready for the committee by Thanksgiving.
The “working dinners” are tentatively scheduled for Dec. 3 and 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Bromfield School cafeteria. — Gayle Simone