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Schools Looking for a $46 Million Budget for 2017-18

The Milford Public Schools will be looking to the Finance Committee to approve a $46,252,800 budget for the 2017/2018 school year.

The budget is a 4.9 percent increase over the $44,091,000 current school year budget.

Although the School Committee originally proposed a level-services budget of $46,697,608, which would have been a 5.9 percent increase, some budget reductions and reallocations, offset by some new initiatives, reduced the budget ask by $444,808.

Some of the new initiatives proposed include a new maintenance staff member at the new Woodland Elementary School building, new English Language Learner (ELL) dual certified teachers, ELL Teaching Assistants, and ELL curriculum materials, new curriculum materials for Grade 1, new safety-compliant football helmets, and a new piano lab, among others.

Along with these initiatives, some of the main drivers for the year-over-year budget increase according to school officials, are salary increases ($1.6 million) and out of district placement and tuition increases ($804,000).

On the savings side, the district will see an $88,000 decrease in transportation costs, due to the purchase of a 71-passenger bus this year, which will eliminate certain bus runs that they would previously been contracted out.

The $46,252,800 budget was presented at the March 30 School Committee Meeting, where a vote was taken to bring it forth to the Finance Committee. The motion was approved, though not by unanimous vote. School Committee Member Scott Harrison voiced concerns about voting before consulting with Milford's Finance Director Zach Taylor before moving forward with a budget proposal, and voted against the motion.


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