EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


July 31, 2013

Schools look to cut $2M before students return

Goal: Adjust budget without losing teachers, student services


”The school shortfall we just fixed was a huge problem, but we had the money in reserve to take care of it,” the mayor said. “So it made it look like much less of a problem that it actually was. But it can’t happen again.”

Fiorentini said other city department heads are resentful the city covered the school shortfall.

”They have to live within their budgets, and if they don’t there are consequences,” the mayor said of his department heads. “They have been cutting and doing without for many years and then they saw much of those savings given to the schools. It’s caused problems.”

In a deal reached just prior to the end of the fiscal year, the mayor and City Council agreed to cover the $1.3 million school shortfall with money reserved for emergencies and other unexpected expenses, with the schools having to give $500,000 back in the new fiscal year.

The agreement also requires Scully to provide detailed budget updates on a monthly basis to the mayor and council.

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