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Wilton Board Trims $180,000 More From Schools

WILTON, Conn. — Wilton's school budget was decreased by another 0.25 percent in a 4-2 vote Tuesday night by the Board of Finance. This equals another $180,000 in cuts to the school budget.

Finance board member Gail Lavielle said the school system could spend its "room to breathe" money that came from favorable arbitrations in phases, which would also give the schools extra spending money in the coming years. Lavielle is also a Republican state representative.

"I think they did a very good job of keeping the budget down to what's needed," finance board member Jim Meinhold said. But he suggested making cuts of about $135,000 by reducing teaching staff, technology and athletic spending.

During the meeting, the finance board also told the Board of Selectmen to make cuts to meet the 1.75 percent increase for its budget.

The cut will take the education budget down from $74.5 million to $74.48 million.

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