Last week, Superintendent Dr. Charles Gobron informed Southborough’s K-8 School Committee that he will likely ask for a 3.5% budget increase. The Metrowest Daily News reports that Gobron is now forecasting a 5% increase in the Algonquin Regional High School budget.
Gobron proposed a $20.2 million fiscal 2015 budget, a $959,409 (4.99 percent) increase from the current $19.2 million figure.
Fixed costs – things like instructional materials, retirement costs and charter school enrollments – account for $217,000 of the increase, Gobron said, while special education costs are projected to rise $188,000.
Increased staffing expenses include: 2.9 teaching positions for gym and Advanced Placement, a new central office administrator, a technology instructor, and retaining the 3rd assistant principal hired during FY13.
Another $100,000 is for technology upgrades:
Gobron said he would “fall on his sword” for the technology increases because he doesn’t want the school losing ground to others.
District school budgets are still drafts as Gobron waits to hear from the state their assessment of what towns should pay.
“It may well be necessary to postpone some new initiatives, because it’s very important we’re cognizant of what the two towns can afford,” Gobron said.
Gobron made his presentation to the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Wednesday night. It is scheduled to vote on the budget next month.
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