Not providing Stapczynski the details was the School Committee's effort to have a discussion on the problem without the as-yet unrevealed budget deficit distracting officials, according to Gilbert.
"We know so well that, as soon as we put out that information, there's a certain element of fixation — certainly in the parent community but also the other boards — about what is or isn't included," she said. "That becomes its own semi-circus that distracts from talking about issues like this."
The School Committee is slated to appear before the Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen Wednesday, March 6 to go over their budget request — two months prior to its presentation at Annual Town Meeting in May. It's expected that the March 6 meeting is when the numbers will finally be made public, according to officials.