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Stamford Passes, Praises $232M School Budget

STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford’s Board of Education unanimously approved the 2012-13 budget recommended by Interim Superintendent Winfred Hamilton on Thursday night. The budget is for just more than $232 million, an increase of 3.49 percent from this year.

Jerry Pia , vice president of the school board, applauded the effort of Hamilton and her staff for bringing in a spending plan that protects every job but keeps the increase minimal on taxpayers.

“We are in a very, very strange economy,” Pia said. Many people have lost or are losing their jobs and homes, he said, and the board must be fiscally conservative while providing students with the services they need.

Although the spending plan has been finalized, the location of the daytime Adult Education program is still up in the air, Hamilton said. The plan had been to move it to Rippowam Middle School . But after many parents complained during a public hearing earlier this month, Hamilton asked to hold off on making a decision and to consider other options.

“We can find solutions to meet our needs,” Hamilton said.

The school board also approved a grants budget of just more than $25 million for fiscal year 2012-13 and prospective budgets for the next two years. The 2013-14 plan calls for a 3.98 percent increase, and 2014-15 has a 3.58 percent increase.

The recommended spending plan will now go to Mayor Michael Pavia , who can make any cuts he deems necessary. It then goes to the Board of Finance and Board of Representatives for final approval. The fiscal year runs from July 1, 2012, until June 30, 2013.

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