How Do You Feel About a 5 Percent Spike in Next Year’s School Budget?
In the return of Question of the Day, Wellesley Patch asks if you think the number is too high, just right or possibly too low.
At another School Committee meeting last night, outgoing Superintendent Bella T. Wong presented her revised school budget.
During the first go-round Jan. 19, Wong recommended a budget increase of about 6.7 percent over last year. Tuesday night, Wong scaled it back to about 5.44 percent, this time taking into account STTI funding, which pays for state-required programming for students with special educational needs.
The budget for fiscal year 2013 now sits at $62,970,021.20.
Wong reduced the budget by cutting 11 teaching assistant positions from the first iteration.
Wong stayed close to her initial estimate of a 4.4 percent needed level service increase, but is this budget where it should be?
The town will likely put a Proposition 2 ½ override article on the final version of this year’s Town Meeting warrant. If Town Meeting votes to accept the override, taxes could be raised above the state-capped 2.5 percent levy.
The public hearing on the school budget is tonight at the library, and it could spill over to tomorrow. How will you sound off? Should Wong cut more or is it right where it should be?