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Burlington school board silences superintendent

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Financial problems in the Burlington School District continue to mount and now the school board is silencing the superintendent.

On Wednesday the district announced it is in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service for not properly paying payroll taxes and that it will likely be fined as result. Also, poor budgeting practices have led to a $5 million deficit. So even though voters rejected the school budget on Town Meeting Day, the board says it will now present a pricier package with more cuts partly to fill that $5 million hole.

"Yah, we have concerns. I have concerns as a parent, I have concerns as an educator, I have concerns as a board member, I have concerns as a citizen and as a taxpayer. What do I imagine will happen? I don't want to guess," said School Board Chair Patrick Halladay

Superintendent Jeanne Collins has been at the helm of Burlington schools since 2005. WCAX News has asked to talk to her about budgeting and bookkeeping problems that have happened under her watch, but the school board won't let Collins talk to the media and she says she's following the board's instructions.

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