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Good news (finally!) on school budgets, along with some words of caution

March 11, 2010 11:05:18 AM

There hasn’t been much good news on the budget front this year, but School Superintendent Charles Gobron got to share some last night. Gobron told the school committee that thanks to additional cuts, cooperation from teachers, and some help from Uncle Sam, the school was able to trim their budget by an additional $350K.

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Southborough won’t vote on Algonquin reimbursement compromise this year

March 3, 2010 11:39:33 AM

We’ve talked a lot about the things that will be on the warrant at town meeting this year, but here’s one that won’t be.

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Would raising fees help solve the school budget crisis?

March 2, 2010 10:48:36 AM

We all know there are two ways to balance a budget: cut costs or increase revenues. And while the Advisory Committee last night had their share of suggestions on ways to cut costs in the school budgets, they spent a fair amount of time talking about ways to bring more cash into the districts.

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Southborough share of regional school budget to increase by 5%

February 26, 2010 11:58:12 AM

The regional school committee on Wednesday night approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that is a 0.66% increase over the current year’s budget. But because of growing enrollments, Southborough’s share of the budget will be 5% higher than it was last year.

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A look at Algonquin enrollments – and what it might mean for your taxes

February 24, 2010 11:43:43 AM
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The Regional School Committee meets tonight to vote on the budget for the 2010-2011 school year. It’s a budget that may prove expensive for Southborough.

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Selectmen consider police overtime budget, cruiser purchases

February 15, 2010 11:48:58 AM
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The Board of Selectmen scrutinized town budgets last week. Previously I told you how the library and youth commission fared (not particularly well), but they aren’t the only town departments facing cuts.

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School Committee votes to approve budget

February 12, 2010 09:24:21 AM
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The Southborough School Committee last night voted to endorse a 3.63% increase in the school’s operating budget for next year. The budget still needs to be approved by voters at town meeting in April.

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Selectwoman asks teachers to ‘give something up’

February 10, 2010 02:28:23 PM

During a meeting in which selectmen were cutting town budgets left and right, Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf expressed frustration over the state of the school budget, which currently proposes a 3.63% increase over last year.

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Library, youth services face deep budget cuts

February 10, 2010 09:32:17 AM

Selectmen are pouring over budgets with a fine-toothed comb. Last night it was Southborough Youth and Family Services and the library, among others, that were on the chopping block.

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School officials talk budget with parents, urge attendance at town meeting

February 3, 2010 09:30:34 AM
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“We’re going to lose teachers,” School Committee member Jack Kessler told an assembly of parents last night. “The question is how many.”

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Mark your calendar: Town meeting is April 12

February 2, 2010 07:07:34 AM

This is your official reminder to mark your calendar and get your babysitters lined up for Southborough’s annual town meeting. It will start on Monday, April 12 at 7:00 pm at the Trottier Auditorium. If it goes to a second night (seems likely), that will be on Tuesday, April 13.

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Giving you more choice at town meeting – a good thing?

January 15, 2010 11:17:34 AM
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We all know it’s going to be a tough budget year. The signs are already abundantly clear. The decisions we make at town meeting will matter even more this year, but how as town meeting voters do we know the choices we’re making are the right ones?

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