Just six people were there when the Board of Education got to work on its 2013-14 budget: two Town Council members (Patty Stoddard and Nancy Nickerson), one father of a student, two mothers who also lead Farmington Future and the president of the Farmington High School Student Council.
Just two of them spoke.
Liz Fitzsimmons, co-president of Farmington Future, reminded the board of its obligation and that the pro-budget parent group would do its part to mobilize voters.
"On behalf of Farmington Future, I wanted to let you know we will be following the process and we trust in you to do what’s best for the students of Farmington and the people of Farmington... and that we feel the budget process is in your hands now... we ask you not to take matters into your own hands or do what’s political but what’s in the best interest of the people and students of Farmington, as you always do.
"We will get the voters out to vote for the best budget for the students and people Farmington," she said.
John Mastroianni, a senior and Student Council president, also voiced his support.
"I'd like to remind you that the student body and student council are right here with you. We appreciate the time and dedication you put in each year even though sometimes difficult decisions have been made in the past years.
"Being a Farmington Public Schools graduate means to be well rounded, not just with academic content but a set of skills... if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day, if you teach a man to fish, he eats for life - that’s Farmington Public Schools. We learn the skills to apply each year and to get us through life, not just in academics.
"I just want to remind you how special Farmington is and I want to hold onto that, even though I’m leaving next year. I want to make sure the students behind me have same opportunity I did," he said.