After being delayed a week by a snowstorm, the Board of Finance held their public hearing regarding the budget on Tuesday evening. Dozens of community members came to the Town Hall auditorium to voice concerns a number of budgetary issues. The town Board of Education and members of the administration, including Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner, and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson were in attendance as well, along with many members of the RTM. Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky opened the proceedings by welcoming the audience and thanking them for their testimony, saying, “we are glad to be here and glad to hear from all of you.”
Virtually all of the the speakers for the evening focused on the submitted Board of Education budget. Within that budget, certain topics came up more than others, specifically the cafeteria expansion, department chairs, additional guidance counselors, and the cloud of funding cuts from Hartford.