On Monday, April 7, at 7:30 at the Wellington Community Room, the School Committee will have a public presentation of the proposed budget for 2014-2015. The presentation will be repeated 9:00 am, Wednesday, April 9, in the Selectmen’s Chamber, Town Hall. The presentations provide an opportunity for Belmont residents to ask questions and provide comments.
The FY 15 proposed budget represents a 4.1% increase in General Funds, or a 3.5% increase in all funds over the current fiscal year. This year the School Department had to hire 18 new people (Aides, Teachers, Clerical Staff, and others) to meet the increased student population. The proposed budget provides for the continuation of the new hires. However, there are no new proposed positions. Both the Town and state have been as generous as possible; yet, there remain a number of unknowns and variables—all of which will be presented at the hearings along with a list of priorities should additional funding become available.
The School Committee, after considering the comments from the public hearings, will review the proposed budget and vote for a final version on May 13. The proposed budget will then go to the Town Meeting session scheduled for June 2.
Dr. Thomas Kingston submitted 15 days ago