The Board of Education voted unanimously to reduce $532,155 from its 2018-19 school budget Monday night. The cuts bring the total budget down to $95 million, or a 2.55% increase over this year, as directed by the Board of Finance. The cuts were made item by item from a prioritized list marked from \u201cno risk\u201d to \u201chigh risk.\u201d None of the reductions made were above a \u201cmedium\u201d risk. The largest reduction is in new staff, where the hiring of two new school psychologists was dropped \u2014 creating a savings of $144,000. In his list of prioritized reductions for the board, acting Superintendent Dr. Robert Miller called those a medium risk. The board also made reductions in technology ($102,984), special education ($68,611), school budgets ($50,000), facility projects ($39,210), curriculum and instruction ($38,350), and athletics ($18,000). Psychologists Removing psychologists gave some board members pause. \u201cIt just really concerns me to remove those psychologists,\u201d said board Secretary Margaret Stamatis. She asked whether leaving an assistant principal position vacant at East Ridge Middle School, to keep the psychologists, would better serve the students. Miller said that the role is helpful for evaluating teachers throughout the year. Curriculum The board also debated reductions to curriculum. \u201cWe\u2019re spending more on athletics than we are on curriculum,\u201d board member Sharon D\u2019Orso pointed out. Assistant Superintendent Kim Beck, who was in the audience at the meeting, said she felt comfortable with the reductions that had been made to curriculum. \u201cWe\u2019re delaying some of the work that we\u2019d hoped to achieve this year,\u201d she explained. \u201cWe\u2019ve got to cut something.\u201d \u201cThis is the sad part,\u201d said Vice Chairman Doug Silver. The 2018-19 school budget will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting Monday, May 7.