The 2013-14 proposed Darien school budget came in at a 4.07 percent increase over 2012-13, announced Representative Town Meeting Education Committee Chairman Dennis Maroney at the Monday, Jan. 28, session.

"I think the budget is pretty lean," he said, adding that there were two points under contention: generators and fees.

While the administration requested generators for Darien High School, Middlesex Middle School and Ox Ridge Elementary School, Maroney questioned whether the purchases were a prerogative.

He also noted that extracurricular participation fees, which were instituted in lean economic years, were removed in 2013-14 budget.

Enrollment increases have students overflowing the school buildings, according to Maroney.

"Our schools are beginning to get very over populated. We're using portables for permanent classrooms," he told those gathered at the meeting.

He mentioned that children walking outside between buildings could be seen as a security risk in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.

On the topic of security, Maroney reported that Darien Superintendent Stephen Falcone does not support armed security guards in the schools.

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