THE VIKINGS' CALL
Happy New Year! Historically January begins the budget season for communities and it's no different in East Bridgewater. On December 12th, I presented the School Committee, the Finance Committee, the Board of Selectmen and the Town Administration the first iteration of the FY15 School Department Budget. Since that initial proposal, the School Committee has met with the Finance Committee.
On January 9th, Mrs. Williams, Central School Principal, Mr. Gentile, Gordon W. Mitchell Middle School Principal, Mr. Vieira, East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School Principal and Mrs. Grable, Pupil Personnel Director presented their budget requests to the School Committee.
On January 30th, Mr. King, Technology Director, Mr. Kiely, Facilities Manager for the Town of East Bridgewater and I will present our budgets to the School Committee.
On Saturday, February 1st, the School Committee will sponsor a FY15 Budget Workshop with all the elected and appointed officials. The workshop will be held in the Dr. Judith A. Riordan Performing Arts Center at the East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The public is welcome to attend and the meeting will be televised on cable access. As of Friday, January 24th, the School Committee has postponed the FY15 Budget Workshop to be rescheduled at a later date.
Experience is a great teacher and what my sixteen years as a Superintendent of Schools has taught me is the budget deliberation process takes on a life of its own. Rumors are rampant, misinformation is the order of the day, he said she said dominants most conversations and everyone takes a side.
Proposed municipal and school budgets are breathing and living things that are very complicated. They represent a snapshot in time predicated on the time and the day. The only people who really understand them are the people charged with developing them.
I would strongly urge the community to remain informed, if you have questions regarding the school budget call me at (508) 378-5956 or email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to respond.
Probably the best rule of thumb regarding the budget process can be summed up best by old adage "Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see".
John A. Moretti
Superintendent of Schools