Groton school officials and the town council will meet again Friday night at 6:30 to discuss the continuing education budget controversy. Superintendent Michael Graner is hoping the council will restore half of a 5-point-2 million dollar cut in school funding the panel made, part of an overall 8-million dollar town spending cut, to avoid a substantial property tax increase. Graner says if the funding restoration is made, property taxes would go up for the average homeowner by 77-dollars. The two sides had a contentious budget discussion Wednesday night, with the superintendent daring the town council to reaffirm its spending cut. Friday’s meeting is at the Groton Town Hall Annex.