Rather than scrap a new teachers contract that took 18 months to hammer out, Weymouth school officials have a different strategy for addressing the budget crisis: Ask voters to approve Proposition 2 1/2 tax increases for the first time.
The only other attempt, 20 years ago, was soundly defeated.
Despite the history, the School Committee is asking the Town Council to approve putting three funding options requiring overrides before voters:
$4.58 million to restore the school budget to the original request the committee made at the start of the budget process on Feb. 14;
$2.97 million to restore both the 2 percent budget reduction voted in earlier by the committee and the 3.4 percent additional cut requested by Mayor Sue Kay to cover the schools' share of the health insurance deficit;
Or $1.857 million, which would cover just the 3.4 percent in additional cuts sought by Kay.
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