As the Advocate was going to press Thursday night, Supt. Richard Langlois was scheduled to formally present to the public his proposed school budget for next fiscal year.
The budget plan reportedly has three tiers – fixed costs, “critical educational needs” and proposals for added staffing – and is collectively up over two million dollars.
The increase in fixed costs is said to be 5.65% – from $25.7-million this fiscal year to $27.15-million for Fiscal Year 2013 which starts July 1.
The “critical education” tier proposes to increase the budget 6.64% to $27.41-million.
The recommended “critical needs” include five full-time positions, including an executive director of system-wide curriculum, an English Language Learners tutor, a special education teacher at the Belmonte School, and a medical assistant and an English or social studies teacher at Saugus High School.
The third tier, which would up the budget by 8.41% to $27.87-million, calls for up to a maximum of 10 new full-time positions, including – an elementary school adjustment counselor; three paraprofessionals at the Ballard Early Childhood Center; a clerk at the Veterans Elementary School; a special education teacher at the Lynnhurst School; and a custodian at the high school.