In a somewhat snarky recap of Wednesday nights Middletown Board of Education reorganization meeting, Dustin Racioppi of the redbankgreen.com, writes about how the school board has some more investigating to do before it can give answers to the public about services that will be effected once the Township Committee is finished with the review of the recently defeated school budget and make further cuts to it.
I think that until Superintendent Bilbao and the rest of the school board know exactly how much will be cut from the budget, it wouldn’t have been prudent to announce whether or not more teachers would be laid off, schools closed or after school programs eliminated. Many things are still up in the air and until a final number is issued by the Township Committee anything announced would be speculation:
The Middletown Board of Education could staff a detective bureau with all the investigating it’s doing and has ahead.
Investigating was the buzzword from the district Superintendent Karen Bilbao Wednesday night when pushed for details on where and how cuts would be made to the district’s $140.3 million budget, which was rejected by voters last week.
As in, will more teachers have to be laid off? She’s investigating.
Or, will there be redistricting, or school closings, as Bilbao has hinted at before?
“Closing a school or more than one school is one of the areas we said needed to be investigated,” Bilbao said.
“We are investigating a lot of things at this point.”
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