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Saturday, December 2, 2006

Norfolk schools warned to be thrifty

NORFOLK

Keep those purse strings tight. That was the word from the Norfolk selectman chairman recently to the town's schools.

Jim Lehan said at a recent meeting that the schools, like other town departments, should prepare a budget that assumes no increase in funding for next year.

"We know today, short of an override, it’s a level-funded budget," Lehan said. His comments came after Selectman Jonathan Smith, the board’s laision to the school committee, told the board that the school committee was planning to prepare a budget that provided the same services as the current year.

Increased costs, coupled with financial constraints, make such a budget unrealistic, Lehan said.

–- Calvin Hennick

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