The Common Council passed a $135.9 million budget May 15, council allocated the school budget at $76.47 million, an increase of nearly $4 million. This allocation is a 5.4 percent. The budget proposed by the BOE Budget Committee and Superintendent Dr. Patricia Charles asked for a 7 percent increase.
The Common Council by charter and state mandates has no control over how the BOE spends its budget.
There is no requirement that it be transparent either. According to the BOE, they have chosen to spend the money by cutting some teaching positions, and giving other teachers raises asked for by the teacher's union. Details of how monies will be spent is to be discussed at the public BOE meeting June 25.