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$1m surplus on school agenda Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Jeff Adair Metrowest Daily News
Schools Superintendent Christopher Martes will discuss last year's budget with the School Committee tonight to understand why the department ended last fiscal year with a nearly $1 million surplus.

This will be Martes' first meeting with the board since taking over last month as head of schools.

Last month, by a 7-0 vote, the School Committee gave the town back $300,000 from the fiscal 2003 budget, and spent the rest, $650,000 to prepay tuition for private out-of-district schools that serve special education students.

The decision to spend part of the surplus upset Town Manager George King and members of the Board of Selectmen, who questioned the sensibility of the move, made at a time when the schools had to let go dozens of employees and close Juniper Hill School.

Martes has asked David Proule, director of business operations, to join him at the table tonight to lead the budget discussion.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., at the King Administration Building.

The School Committee will also receive an update from high school Principal Ralph Olsen about the high school building project.  He will explain the schedule for the first week of school at Framingham High.

For the first time, on opening day, Sept. 4, only freshmen will report.  On the second day, all students will attend class.

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