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February 8, 2013

Shortfall in Pentucket budget rises

Superintendent confident of bridging the gap

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“The employees have really come to the table to offer their support,” said Mulqueen.

Bergeron is seeking ways to bridge the gap by investigating more cost-efficient methods for providing food services to students.

Wile suggested asking the three district towns to provide police officers who are already scheduled to work to cover the detail for morning drop-off and afternoon pickup at the six district schools. Currently the district pays a separate bill for this service.

“They are already on duty anyway,” Wile said, noting that the schools could figure out an alternative plan for handling the traffic for the rare occasion when the officer might get an emergency call for somewhere else in town during that time period.

Bergeron hopes to have the school board vote to adopt the budget at its Feb. 26 meeting, but said it could take until the first week of March. His understanding is that according to the Pentucket Regional Agreement, the school board must adopt a budget at least 45 days before the annual town meetings, which are scheduled this year for April 29.

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