As for the other conditions of the June 28 city bailout, Scully said the School Department has already shaved the city’s $500,000 from this year’s school budget. He also said school officials will be giving monthly detailed budget updates to city financial officials.
On the night the bailout was passed, the council also approved the mayor’s request to form a panel of School Committee members and city councilors to develop a proposal to consolidate the school and city finance operations. But the School Committee later rejected that idea. Several members said they would consider the merger in the future, after the study of school finances is completed.