The rose-colored glasses will be off for tonight's School Department budget hearing, Superintendent Wayne Ogden promised recently. The $57,187,852 budget the department seeks is about 13 percent higher than its fiscal year 2007 budget, which ran into deficit spending last fall.
Past budgets included unrealistic projections of revenue coming from sources like athletic user fees and continuing education classes, but this coming year's budget was scrutinized and will be defensible, Ogden said.
The 2008 fiscal year, which begins July 1, will bring an increase of almost $1.8 million to the town's special education budget and as many as 100 additional students to Franklin High School, Ogden said at a recent School Committee meeting. The budget hearing is set for 7 p.m. at town hall, 255 E. Central Street.
-- Alison O'Leary Murray
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