South Portland School Board Appears to Be Listing to Port

south portland school boardSOUTH PORTLAND – At the first official reading of South Portland’s $71.37 million budget for FY 2013, held April 4, city councilors asked the South Portland school board to “go back and sharpen their pencils” to reduce school spending. On Monday, first-year director Jeff Selser said he “went through 47 pencils” and was “unable to find anything to give.” “I feel like our back is against the wall,” said Selser, during a special workshop session. “Councilors asked us to go through the exercise and I’ve certainly done that, but I see no place we can cut without going backward.” That was the consensus of the board, which refused to put anything in the school department’s $38.87 million operating budget on the table heading into an April 23 joint session with the City Council. (read more at the Saco Chronicle)

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