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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Energy Costs to Impact School Budget

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Westport school officials expect rising energy costs to impact the proposed 2006-07 school budget, which will be released to the Board of Education in January.

Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon said he will be meeting with principals beginning today to flush out budget requests.

“I hope to maintain excellence in programs at the lowest cost,” he said. “We need to go through everything and see where we’re at.”

At this point, Landon said, he cannot determine what sort of funding level he anticipates in his budget proposal.

The proposed budget is due to be released to the board on Jan. 6. The board will discuss the proposal at its following meetings, including an all-day workshop on Jan. 13.

Landon did say he expects rising energy costs and employee contracts to impact his budget proposal.

“Energy will be a big part of any increase,” he said. “Our initial numbers from Connecticut Light and Power show a 20 percent increase.”

Rising inflation with the employee contracts, he said, will also affect the porposal.

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