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Dedham School Committee seeks 1.97 percent budget increase

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  February 15, 2013 07:50 AM

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By Dave Eisenstadter, Town Correspondent

Dedham’s School Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a $35.9 million budget request for fiscal 2014, an increase of 1.97 percent from the current year.

Susan Butler-Walco, a member of the School Committee and School Budget Subcommittee, read a statement Wednesday thanking subcommittee members for their dedication.

The budget was developed through close work with the town administrator and finance director to meet the needs of the School Department while keeping in mind the difficult economic times, Butler-Walco said.

Some of the increases were state mandated, including $168,157 for out-of-district tuition for programs for special education students. Special education transportation also increased $41,250, and the district had $278,292 of contractual obligations for personnel.

Dedham also added two full-time positions, a math coach and a middle school psychologist, which account for $119,850.

School salaries make up 72 percent of the budget, out-of-district tuition makes up 9 percent, and the next-highest category is utility bills, which make up 4 percent of the budget.

The district has 461.5 full-time equivalent positions, about 200 of which are elementary and secondary teachers.

The School Committee will meet with the town’s Finance Committee in the coming weeks in preparation for the town’s May 20 Town Meeting, which gives final approval to the town's budget.

For more information on the Fiscal Year 14 budget, visit www.dedham.k12.ma.us.

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