After hearing a number of parents express desire for more enrichment, Superintendent Kevin Smith said he is looking to tap the Continuing Education account\u2019s $400,000 surplus in hope of restoring some enrichment opportunities that were cut in previous years. \u201cWe\u2019re really looking at providing new, appropriate after-school or before-school activities through the form of clubs to support the overall learning of kids,\u201d Dr. Smith told the Board of Education during its Jan. 8 meeting. As a nonprofit, Dr. Smith said, he doesn\u2019t know if the board should be \u201ccarrying surpluses of that magnitude.\u201d Financial Officer Ken Post said the funds in the account are from Continuing Education program fees that have built up over a long period of time. \u201cContinuing Education runs many programs, including adult education, before- and after-school child care, enrichment programs, as well as summer programs,\u201d Mr. Post told The Bulletin. \u201cFees are charged for these programs and all of the revenue and expenses are accounted for in a fund that is separate from the Board of Education\u2019s general fund.\u201d Mr. Post said expenses have exceeded revenues some years, but it is usually the other way around. \u201cHistorically, the surplus has been allowed to accumulate and some of it has been used to offset any deficits that have been incurred by these programs,\u201d he said. \u201cFunds have also been used from time to time to invest in equipment that is used by students participating in these programs. Typically, the school also benefits from being able to use the equipment.\u201d Mr. Post said the surplus has grown \u201cbeyond the point that we believe we need for normal operations of our programs, and we do not believe it would be right to continue to allow it to grow.\u201d Dr. Smith said it seems to him that enrichment programs are \u201cin line with what those funds can be dedicated for.\u201d Because the account \u201clives under the town\u201d and \u201cis not so cut and dry,\u201d Dr. Smith told the board, he will speak with counsel to make sure the board has the authority to \u201creallocate those funds toward an appropriate program.\u201d Mr. Post said the board has fiduciary responsibility for the account, which is \u201ckept in a town-controlled account, as opposed to a school-controlled account.\u201d If the board is able to use money from the account, Dr. Smith said, he will propose reinvesting a portion of the funds in before- or after-school enrichment programs for students.