Yarmouth school budget could increase 1.75%

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YARMOUTH — The School Committee’s initial budget estimate is an increase of $340,000, or 1.75 percent, in fiscal 2012.

Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said the approximately $19.8 million budget would not reduce any programming, but a few teaching and educational technician positions will be eliminated.

“This is all preliminary at this time,” she said. “We have more work to do and still have to hear from the state.”

But in the meantime, she said a few positions may be cut and others could be shifted.

A fourth-grade teaching position will become a fifth-grade position, and a half-time elementary school special educator and three full-time-equivalent educational technicians will be eliminated.

“Overall, we are tighter than ever, but I am very proud of the work we’ve done,” Paolucci said.

The budget provides appropriate instructional support services, more financial support for football and girl’s ice hockey, and additional textbooks and curriculum materials for math and science, she said.

“We are also looking into a furniture and technology replacement plan,” Paolucci said.

Laptop computers for teachers in grades 2-6 will be replaced, along with furniture in one wing of Yarmouth Elementary School.

Paolucci said the expenditures are not added expenses, but are a systematic realignment of certain budget items. She also said there is no anticipation of a spending freeze unless something drastic changes.

“We’ve put of buying textbooks and other necessities so we need to catch up,” she said.

The School Committee will hold its next budget workshop on Feb. 15 at the Rowe School at 7 p.m.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net

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