News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, February 21, 2013
Proposed Sedgwick school budget down 2.4 percent

by Jessica Brophy

The school budget to come before voters at town meeting on Saturday, March 2, is down 2.4 percent from the current year’s budget, from $1,977,397 for 2012-13 to $1,929,917 for 2013-14.

The decrease in the proposed budget can be attributed primarily to a reduction of a nurse from full time to part time, at a savings of more than $42,000 and a $52,000 decrease in special education private tuition.

Changes include approximately $36,000 more for increased educational technician salaries and health care to $103,575; nearly $20,000 for speech therapist services; increased health care costs for school staff of nearly $7,500 and a $4,000 increase for high school tuition.

Superintendent Mark Jenkins built the budget assuming no state subsidy, as the state subsidy is likely in jeopardy due to the state’s fiscal problems. Last year, Sedgwick received $69,081 from the state’s subsidy; in 2011-12 that figure was only $25,868.

Voting will take place on Friday afternoon March 1 at the historic town house from 1 to 6 p.m. The town meeting will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 9 a.m.