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New Canaan, CT: "Special education program is now more costly than the entire high school budget"

Mar 21, 2018, New Canaan (CT) Advertiser: Council signals no more reductions to school budget increase now https://ncadvertiser.com/118807/council-signals-no-more-reductions-to-school-budget-increase-now/ The Town Council signaled Tuesday night that it is satisfied with the 2018-’19 budget for Town and School operations as proposed by the Board of Finance and will not likely be making any further reductions to the schools’ budget request…. The Council canceled their budget meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 22. They will discuss buildings and capital projects at their next meeting March 27 …. The apparent consensus among council members — 11 of the 12 members were present — not to make additional cuts to operations budgets came after a couple of hours of discussions with Luizzi and schools Director of Finance and Operations Dr. JoAnn Keating. Other topics explored included the self-funded food service program; the costs of school bus contracts plus drivers and vehicles for special education students; potential heating fuel savings from natural gas; and the rising costs of special education overall. The district-wide special education program is now more costly than the entire high school budget, according to Councilman Steve Karl.