Board of Education Chairman Susan Glennon did a great job reining in a difficult situation at a special meeting last week.
The meeting was tricky, triggered by several board members who wanted to undo language in the 2014-15 budget assumptions, assumptions that had already been followed to create the first draft of the budget. The assumptions are the guidelines that administrators use when creating the budget: In this case, the administration assumed that the school grade configuration would remain as K-2/3-5/6-8 and 9-12 for the next school year. To change the budget assumptions would clearly mean going back and changing the budget, something that board member Tracy Casey tried desperately to point out. But it was too late to change the budget because the process runs on a schedule, and to change the budget based on a new and ambiguous guiding assumption would not have worked.