State Board launches investigation into Winchester’s education budget

The State Department of Education informed 11 school districts and towns last month that they needed to appropriate more money this school year to comply with minimum budget requirements — and Winchester is the only town that has not complied.

Because of this non-compliance, the State Board of Education unanimously voted to launch an investigation into the towns budget and what their options are in forcing them to appropriate the $1.4 million shortfall, which is about 7 percent of the town’s education budget.

“Given the magnitude of this shortfall, we certainly want to begin an investigation,” said Brian Mahoney, the chief financial officer at the SDE.

“If other towns can make it work then so can they,” said Charles A. Jaskiewicz, a member of the SBE.