The Shelton Board of Education (BOE) is attempting to deal with a $500,000 budget shortfall in the current fiscal year, caused primarily by higher costs for propane and heating costs. \u201cI will have to borrow money from student services,\u201d School Supt. Freeman Burr told the Board of Apportionment and Taxation when discussing the projected deficit during a budget workshop last week. Burr noted that funds can\u2019t be taken from special education due to legal requirements, limiting the options on where it can be re-allocated from within the school budget. He said unlike school systems in some other towns, the Shelton BOE also doesn\u2019t have \u201cdiscretionary\u201d funds to tap into when a budget gap occurs for unforeseen reasons. \u201cWe will close it,\u201d Burr said of the deficit. The price of propane, heating oil and natural gas went up this winter, and the school system also used more energy than expected to heat buildings due to the cold winter. Propane is used for the new school buses. Using subs, freezing equipment purchases School officials said the current deficit is being closed in a variety of ways, such as using substitutes instead of filling open positions with permanent teachers, and instituting a freeze on equipment purchases. \u201cWe are over by a half million dollars,\u201d BOE Finance Director Allan Cameron said. \u201cWe have a bunch of accounts frozen.\u201d The BOE budget is $65.6 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.