Technology on List of Newton, Mass. Residents' School Budget Concerns

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Technology, health care costs and school building projects were the key concerns among residents Thursday night at a brief public hearing on the Newton School Department's fiscal 2014 budget.

The hearing lasted roughly a half an hour, with only eight residents standing up to speak. 

Waban parent and PTO member Josh Weiss addressed the committee about technology funding in the schools, and a need for a more "strategic" funding plan to get devices into classrooms.

"My feeling is that there really is an infrastructure crisis in Newton," Weiss said. "What is missing is a consideration of educational infrastructure and it needs to be funded appropriately."

Technology funding has also been a consistent concern with Ward 1 committee member Geoff Epstein, who abstained in the budget straw vote last week.

"I'm happy with 98 percent of the budget," Epstein said during last week's straw vote. "It's a problem for me when we're going ahead into the digital education age...and we keep funding digital infrastructure at a 50 percent level."

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