The Regional School Committee last night approved a fiscal year 2014 budget for Algonquin that totals $19.2M, a 3.86% increase over last year. If approved at town meeting, Southborough would be responsible for paying $6.5M. That’s actually $13K less than last year, reports the Metrowest Daily News.
The decrease comes thanks to a change in the state’s Chapter 70 formula which lowered the amount Southborough is required to pay by $100K. The formula update was not nearly as positive for Northborough.
The Chapter 70 change means Northborough’s minimum contribution next year will increase by almost $600K thanks to “soaring economic growth in Northborough and a greater percentage of students at Algonquin,” writes the MWDN.
Due to the dramatic increase in Northborough’s assessment, Superintendent Charles Gobron told the school committee last night he trimmed his original budget request by about $200K to reach a level he felt would be more likely to pass at Northborough’s Town Meeting.
Not everyone was happy with the decision to lower the budget increase. Reports the MWDN:
“If I were a Northborough parent and I saw that you’re cutting my high school budget, I’d be pretty pissed,” said member Kathleen Polutchko of Southborough, who abstained from the vote because she felt the increase should have been higher.