Norwich hopes to grow student programs despite budget cuts

NORWICH – Based on preliminary budget figures, the Norwich City School district will actually increase its academic offerings to students next year and maintain a less than 3 percent increase in the tax levy. As long as belts are tightened and federal stimulus money comes through, that is.

“That’s the big picture,” explained Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan, as he and Deputy Superintendent Margaret Boice presented the second half of their budget analysis to the district’s board of education on Tuesday night.

The preliminary budget represents a .86 percent increase over the current year’s budget, but accomplishing that given the current economic climate will mean painful cuts in some areas. Wherever possible those cuts are being made in supplies and expenses so as to keep the impact as far from students as possible.

But there will be some positions lost as well, including those of five teachers and one teaching assistant position due to be vacated through retirements and resignations. Two additional instructional positions, one in high school math and one in special education, will also be cut, as well as that of a school psychologist.

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