POLL: How Should the School Committee Use Extra State Money?
The state budget signed into law earlier this month means an extra $350,000 in general local aid above what Braintree used in its budget, as well as extra school money.
School officials and parents have been engaged in discussion for the past few months about anticipated extra education money from the state. That money –$237,000 – was finalized earlier this month when Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state's fiscal year 2013 budget into law.
Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg and some School Committee members have prioritized a Braintree High School housemaster and administrative assistant, as well as an ELL teacher, while Highlands, Flaherty and Morrison parents have been urging officials to address high class sizes.
Projected fall 2012 enrollment for three classrooms each in third and fourth grade at Highlands is between 24 and 26 students, the highest projection of any school except fifth grade at both Flaherty and Morrison.
Committee members will likely vote on whether to fund the three positions at their next meeting on Monday, July 30. If those are approved by the committee, there will be leftover Chapter 70 money that could be put toward the class size issue, Dr. Kurzberg said. The three positions would cost approximately $177,000.
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