Region One Board of Education Budget Workshop March 3
From The Republican-American report on The Region 1 Budget
FALLS VILLAGE — The Region 1 Board of Education on Monday formalized some changes to the proposed $15.2 million school budget.
As the board grappled to get the bottom line under a 5 percent increase, Salisbury’s Jennifer Weigel wondered what would happen if they couldn’t achieve that goal.
“In Sharon you have to,” said Marilyn Yerks, who represents that town. “I’m hearing they want the numbers below 1 percent.” Chairman Andrea Downs of Falls Village said that’s not realistic considering increases in such areas as health insurance, which is up 22.9 percent. The board agreed to the addition of an interventionalist to help students who need extra help in certain areas of study. Originally the chairmen of the math and English departments each requested one more staff person who would teach one class a day and spend the rest of the time intervening. But the board rejected that proposal. They also vetoed adding another science position.
Region 1 Board of Education
2014-15 proposed: $15,242,418
Increase: $801,846 or 5.55 percent
Next: Budget workshop on March 20 at 7 p.m.