The Bethel Board of Education held a special meeting ahead of last night's annual town meeting to make cuts to the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The Board of Finance trimmed $400,000 from the plan the Board of Ed presented last month. The bulk of the cuts were made to the central office budget. About $30,000 came from the high school, $25,000 from the middle school and $15,000 from each of the elementary schools. While school districts are expected to receive federal grant money to offset some costs associated with the ongoing public health emergency, there are limits on how those funds can be allocated. Some can be put toward addressing learning loss from this school year. Enhanced COVID-19 mitigation strategies are also priorities.