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Norwalk Board of Ed Approves Reconciled 2017-18 School Year Budget

The Norwalk Board of Education approved a reconciled budget on Tuesday.
The Norwalk Board of Education approved a reconciled budget on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Board of Education approved a reconciled 2017-18 school year budget on Tuesday that avoided some cuts while still going through with some others.

The total operating budget approved on Tuesday was $184 million, according to the Hour. This included $787,656 in cuts, the Hour reported. More severe cuts were originally anticipated after the district was unable to bring all employees over to a new healthcare plan by July 1, according to the Hour.

However, the Board of Education and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers were able to reach a tentative agreement last week, which avoided some cuts and layoffs.

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The agreement restored kindergarten aides to the budget, as well as middle school band positions, middle school intramurals, and the Brookside Elementary pre-kindergarten program, according to the district.

Some cuts were not spared, including the closing of the pool at Norwalk High School, as well as a 0.69 percent cut to the operating budget of each school, according to the Hour.

Click here to read the Hour story.

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