ATTLEBORO (CBS) – An accounting error in the Attleboro budget will have an impact on the school system, but it could have been much worse.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jeff Brown reports.

The error amounts to about $1 million. But, Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin says that in the end, the impact will be hard to detect.

“This quote error did not impact families, children or staff,” said Dr. Durkin.

The city says it miscounted state funding money for teachers, activities and supplies for next fiscal year. The majority of the money thought to be coming from state coffers will instead be picked up by the city.

Dr. Durkin says that means plans to hire 22 additional teachers will need to be re-thought.

“We would have definitely wanted to hire more, but we are about half of what we intended to hire,” said Dr. Durkin.

Regardless, she said the city’s schools will be able to accomplish a lot.

“For the first time in several years we have to hire 11.5 positions, positions that are very much needed. For the first time, next year, we will have full-day kindergarten for every Attleboro 5-year-old, which is an incredible milestone for this city,” said Dr. Durkin.

After-school programs will return and more textbooks will be purchased next year as well.


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