Tuesday, January 07, 2014
By James Lomuscio
Westport’s Board of Education tonight voted unanimously to establish a Health Insurance Fund Review Committee to determine the cause of a nearly $2 million current budget shortfall and to develop safeguards so it does not happen again.
The insurance shortfall in the school system’s current $104 million budget, attributed to former Assistant Superintendent of Business Nancy Harris and discovered over the past several months by her replacement Elio Longo, has been a major blow to the school board with ramifications affecting next year’s budget.
Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon noted that his proposed 2014-15 operating budget to be presented to the school board on Friday has a 6.5 percent increase due to the blunder instead of what should have been a 4.3 percent jump.
The review committee will made up of three school board members, Paul Block, Karen Kleine, and Brett Aronow, who will serve as chairwoman, as well as Longo and a citizen volunteer to be chosen by Elaine Whitney, school board chairwoman.
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