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Pleasantville City Council expected to trim $36,000 from failed school budget

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Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 12:02 am

PLEASANTVILLE — The city is likely to cut about $36,000 from the defeated public school budget, City Administrator Marvin D. Hopkins said.

In a brief interview after Monday’s City Council meeting, Hopkins said the school district was about $36,000 above the state-mandated minimum it had to spend on education.

“We don’t think it will be difficult at all, for $36,000,” to find things to cut, Hopkins said.

The district Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today at the high school “to discuss personnel budget reductions,” according to a legal advertisement.

The board voted April 28 to eliminate the 78 jobs it planned to cut under the proposed budget, which failed. The school has said some would be retirees, while most would be eliminations.

More cuts are expected, following the defeat of the budget at the polls this month. While the budget is now in City Council’s hands, it cannot take more than $36,230 from it, or 0.5 percent, by state law.

City and school officials are planning to meet at 4 p.m. May 12, and Hopkins said action may be taken.

Other city leaders were circumspect about what will happen then.

Mayor Jesse Tweedle said school and city officials still needed to meet before he could say what he thought likely to happen.

And City Council President Judy Ward said, “I hope we can work it out with the teachers and save jobs,” but said later she was also in favor of saving programs.

Contact Derek Harper:

609-272-7046

DHarper@pressofac.com

 

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