A week after an Advisory Committee member publicly called out the K-8 School Committee for refusing to engage in debate over the school budget, the two committees will meet on Wednesday to hash out their differences.
Advisory Committee member John Butler, who volunteered to act as a liaison to the school committee during the budget process, announced last week he was suspending his activities. Butler said he had no choice because the committee refused to discuss the budget with him at their meetings and was not cooperating with his requests for background data.
The school committee has not formally responded to Butler’s accusations. In a January email to Butler, school committee member Kathleen Harragan acknowledged that some requests for information had not been fulfilled, but said the district provided as much data as it could given limited resources.
“Unfortunately, at this very busy budget time, there are no central office resources available to devote to the outstanding items,” Harragan wrote.
The Advisory Committee and School Committee will meet on Wednesday at 7:35 pm at Cordaville Hall (Senior Center). According to an agenda for the meeting, the groups will discuss the liaison role. Town Moderator David Coombs is also expected to attend.
The meeting is open to the public.