MILFORD \u2014 The school board approved a transfer of $205,000 to cover a deficit in the homebound tutors, substitute teachers, cafeteria aids and regular transportation accounts. Milford Board of Education approved the budget transfer from the Blue Cross\/Blue Shield account at its recent meeting. \u201cThis is a very tight budget year,\u201d said James Richetelli, chief operations officer. \u201cThere\u2019s not a lot of money to move around, but there are certain areas where we know we can plug gaps and deficits.\u201d Board of Education member Cindy Wolfe Boynton asked if the budget transfers would cover the deficit of the line items. \u201cAt the July meeting is when we have to complete everything,\u201d said Richetelli. \u201cIt is coming down to the wire, particularly in the utility account. You may see additional money there because we are still waiting for bills to come in so that we know how much money we have to pay up until the last day. There may be additional dollars that may have to be transferred into these accounts.\u201d Richetelli said the Blue Cross\/Blue Shield account is the retiree's health insurance. \u201cThe reason for that is, some of the members of the board will recall, we changed plans for our retirees about 18 months ago, and as a result of that, we generated savings and are continuing to generate savings this budget year,\u201d he said. The homebound tutoring account has a deficit due to more students requiring homebound tutoring for various reasons. In all, $83,000 was transferred to the account, and $73,000 was transferred to the substitute teacher account. \u201cTo keep the school going and classes covered, we needed to increase the hourly rate for our substitute teachers this year,\u201d said Richetelli. The cafeteria aids account received $25,000 to cover its deficit. \u201cThe deficit was pandemic related,\u201d said Richetelli. \u201cElementary schools have to eat in their classrooms, which requires a lot more cafeteria aids than we would normally have if they were eating their food in the cafeteria. That has resulted in the deficit.\u201d In the transportation account, Richetelli said there is a small deficit because they needed to add a bus run for part of the year because one of the buses was overcrowded. \u201cAt the beginning of the school year, we were still about social distancing, and we had to add just one bus run, which accounts for the $24,000,\u201d he said.