Jolicoeur on hot seat for $625,000 deficit in Leominster schools' budget

The School Department is facing a $625,000 deficit for the current $63.7 million budget, but will be able to reallocate funding to cover the shortfall, Superintendent of Schools James Jolicoeur told the School Committee's finance committee on Monday. Full Story
Watchdog

Leominster, MA

#1 May 15, 2013
Shame on the School Committee for believing all the excuses the Supt. has for this deficit. He has been spending like no other superintendent in recent history and no one has questioned him. Teacher bonuses, new school with new staff, new administrators and the list goes on and on. Since when did Leominster have all this money? We've been in a recession for several years now and every other district has had to cut.
Now he blames the deficit on being the new guy on the block? He's been in the district for over a year and this problem "pops up"? This is the result of his poor decisions and he should be held accountable and so shouldn't the finance committee.
This deficit is going to affect the whole school system and the city. He is trying to pass the buck and nobody is smart enough to see through this.
tony clifton

Baltimore, MD

#2 May 24, 2013
A deficit in a Leominster School System? Obviously this jerk needs math lessons. Fire him for negligence and poor performance. If he worked anywhere in the private sector he'd be led out the front door by the police.
tony clifton

Baltimore, MD

#3 May 24, 2013
Watchdog wrote:
Shame on the School Committee for believing all the excuses the Supt. has for this deficit. He has been spending like no other superintendent in recent history and no one has questioned him. Teacher bonuses, new school with new staff, new administrators and the list goes on and on. Since when did Leominster have all this money? We've been in a recession for several years now and every other district has had to cut.
Now he blames the deficit on being the new guy on the block? He's been in the district for over a year and this problem "pops up"? This is the result of his poor decisions and he should be held accountable and so shouldn't the finance committee.
This deficit is going to affect the whole school system and the city. He is trying to pass the buck and nobody is smart enough to see through this.
Leominster has around $8 million in free cash because it doesn't put up with knuckleheads like this.

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