Bad habits need to be broken before a stable financial picture for Springfield's public schools can be realized, according to the district's school board president.
Chuck Flamini says that the district needs to steer away from creating new programs without projecting how much it will cost in the future.
The School board heard about $5 million in proposed cuts Monday that could impact everything from teaching positions to special education programs and technology.
Flamini says the cuts will be difficult to manage, but it's necessary unless a new revenue stream is generated. Board member Adam Lopez agrees with Flamini and says that there may be the need for an additional $2 million in cuts after upcoming contract negotiations with district teachers and staff.
The next fiscal year budget for Springfield public schools is July 1st.