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Monday, January 14, 2008

Polansky seeks 6.4 percent school budget hike

Superintendent of Schools Harvey B. Polansky pitched an $82.89 million budget for next school year Monday night, which represents a $4.97 million increase or a 6.4 percent hike over the current $78 million budget.

One Alderman James Patterson, D-1, already said he doesn't foresee a 6.4 percent increase being supported.

Polansky attributed the increase due to salary and negotiated settlements, and the loss of federal dollars that funded several teaching positions.

The school board will meet Tuesday and Thursday night to discuss the budget further beginning 7 p.m. at the Parsons Government Center.

The board will adopt its budget 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Parsons Center.