The leaders of the New Haven public school system are looking for ways to do more with less.
A measure directing board staff to identify $10 million in potential cuts passed during Monday evening’s school board meeting.
The millions represent about five percent of the school system’s current general fund budget allocation. The board of Education is looking to trim spending in the midst of what could be shrinking financial support for schools from the city.
It’s unclear what areas could be identified for potential cuts.
New Haven parents who spoke with NBC Connecticut said they believe that cuts to school spending should be an absolute last resort.
“I don’t know where they’re going to get the money from. If you’re going to cut a budget, cut it from somewhere that’s getting more money than the schools are,” Eddie Jones, who has three children attending New Haven schools, said.
“It’s very concerning. They always say children first, but if there’s so much first, why are we cutting,” Maxine Singleton, a mom to two students who attend magnet schools in the city, said.
Board of Education Chief Operating Officer William Clark said that proposals for the potential cuts are expected to be presented at the next meeting of the Board of Education’s finance committee with discussions about the proposals to follow.