Parents in Enfield debate security in school budget - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Parents in Enfield debate security in school budget


A better education or bulked-up security? That's the debate in Enfield as the town tries to come up with a budget plan.

The town council already approved having armed guards in schools starting next year, but when it comes to the budget, the superintendent said if the school district doesn't get the funds, there will be cuts.

Since Enfield already showed its committed to student safety, many parents and the board of education want to see the same commitment when it comes to students and their learning experience.

As the town council tries to set its budget, the school board is requesting a $65.6 million budget for next year.

That's just under a 4-percent increase. But town officials say when it comes to that increase, more than likely, they'll only be able to fund about half that request.

The town's superintendent said without it, they would be forced to cut 30 jobs, including a number of teaching positions. He adds they also wouldn't be able to start up their full-time kindergarten program.

He says in the last two years, the district has seen a number of students leave. Some parents say that if the cuts keep coming, that's only going to continue.

The Town Council has until May 18 to set its budget - so the board of education has a few weeks before it knows if it will need to make any changes.

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