Fall River Budget shows Transportation Seperately

Last Night the City Council passed the City Budget choosing to not ask a question about school transportation but leaving a campaign issue for next year and potential grounds for a legal challenge.

In Fall River you can easily see the Transportation cost broken out in their upcoming 2017 budget.

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Fall River just went through a shortfall in transportation that resulted in some friction between the City and School side: (Bold Mine)

Correia says city can’t afford $500,000 school transportation transfer

FALL RIVER — With the City Council’s Committee on Finance slated on Tuesday to take up discussion on whether to transfer $500,000 from city coffers to the school department to cover student transportation expenses that are expected to run over the $8.395 million previously allocated to the cost for the remainder of the school year, Mayor Jasiel Correia II made his opinion on the matter known.

The city side does not have the money to do that,” Correia, who serves as the chairman of the School Committee, told school officials and fellow board members last Monday night.
“The city right now has $500,000 in a stabilization account. That’s it. That’s a problem,” he said.

“School officials notified the City Council back in March of the overages, and recommended a transfer from city coffers to cover the expense over an internal transfer from the department’s own operating budget. Officials argued for a city transfer because student transportation is an expense ineligible to be counted toward state-required net school spending, which is the minimum amount on which the city can allocate for its school system.

Yet tonight the Mayor wants to ignore this and look instead at 36 kids whose parents teach in the system instead of addressing a possible $7.8 million dollar shortfall in funding that leaves a legal challenge available to any group who feels the schools are lacking.

If I’m a 5th grade parent with a child that gets put into a class with 29 other students I’m not happy with Lowell Schools.

Tonight Steve Gendron wants to create an unnecessary job description for a position (Deputy Supt) that was eliminated. Why isn’t he addressing the Transportation cost??

Why is Mayor Ed Kennedy ignoring A legit issue that the Supt. of Schools has brought forward?

Why are they holding an Executive Session to discuss among other things –
•Initial Consideration of Contract Extension and language for School Superintendent

IF the Supt. does get a 3 year contract, I’m wondering if the verbiage about Transportation cost gets dropped from the newest revision and any future budgets? After all $600,000 guaranteed is a lot less than $7.8 Million.

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