In an astonishing turn of events, the Timberlane Budget Committee voted tonight to instruct Dr. Metzler to cut $5.5 million from the next budget draft. The superintendent has been instructed to return with a $69.6 million draft II budget. First draft was $75.1 million, a 4.7% increase over this year’s budget.
During public comment, School Board Chairman Brian Boyle addressed the budget committee asking them to bring about a 18/19 proposed budget that would be 3% less than the current budget (17/18).
Danville representative, Shawn O’Neil, motioned to have draft II come in at 3% less than the 17/18 budget.
Dr. Metzler said this would mean cutting 100 staff. He sank his own boat when he noted that [under his administration] fixed costs go up $2 million every year. At this the Representative from Sandown, Allan David, said the taxpayers of his town cannot support this. Others agreed.
The Timberlane Budget Committee voted 6-4-0 to have the draft budget returned to them at about $69.6 million. The administration made the usual and now exceedingly tiresome moans about how they can’t possibly have the second draft by the next scheduled meeting on Nov. 30, so the chairman said they would review draft II on December 14th.
Mr. O’Neil said to Dr. Metzler that given that the school board had floated this number 6 weeks ago, “shame on you” for not being prepared for it.
If this is a dream, may I not wake up. Finally a budget committee worth having.