Yesterday began a new fiscal year for the Milford Board of Education and it will be considerably leaner this year.
The Board of Aldermen made $300,000 in reductions to the school board’s budget request in May resulting in the school system beginning the new fiscal year with a reduction of 12.2 staff positions.
Enrollment declines made the reduction of staff possible, and most positions were left vacant through retirements and attrition.
The school board in its original budget reduced 7 full time position by reducing grade level sections at Meadowside grade 5, Orchard Hills grade 5, Pumpkin Delight grade 3, Mathewson grade 1 and John F. Kennedy School kindergarten.
Two elementary specialist positions in the areas of art and music and a physical education teacher positions were reduced, and a middle school physical education teacher position was also reduced.
At Pumpkin Delight, the third grade will average 24 pupils per classroom, and if that exceeds 25 students then another section will have to be added, according to meeting minutes.