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Almeida: 'We are at the point of fiscal crisis'

February 26, 2014

COVENTRY — A full auditorium of teachers from the middle school filled the Central Office Annex for Tuesday’s school committee meeting as Coventry School Superintendent Mike Almeida shared the bare bones of the proposed FY 2014/2015 budget.

Coventry School Superintendent Mike Almeida said he’ll be asking for a $1.583 million increase.

“Anything we’re asking for is from unanticipated impacts,” he said. “We’re truly at that point where we are bare bones. We’re at break point.”

Already cut JROTC for $157,000, two supervisory assistants at $52,350, supplies $90,400 and severance at $100,000 for a total of $399,750.

According to his presentation, over the past five years, the district absorbed a number of costs including, in part, out-of-district special needs education, DCYF, certified pension and full time ESL teachers.

Some of the cuts included bus monitors, physical plant supplies, clerical position, elimination of an administrator and closed Oak Haven Elementary School.

Almeida explained that anticipated expenditures include certified staff salary increase, school-related personnel salary increase, district staff health care and dental and transportation.

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