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Newton school budget grapples with surge in student numbers

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Newton school Superintendent David Fleishman last week released his proposed $195 million school budget for the coming year that includes funds for an additional 32 positions to accommodate increasing enrollment, a full-time coordinator for all mental health services, and elimination of bus fees for all elementary students across the city.

“This is a budget that reflects what is important to us, and allows a very good system to get better,” Fleishman said.

Mayor Setti Warren said the school budget addresses “the big, huge enrollment growth that we are going to see over the next several years.” He said that as a community, the city decided the schools needed additional resources to address school building and staffing issues when the tax override was passed last year.

“This budget does that,” Warren said.

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