At the Watertown Town Council's May 25 meeting, the School Committee presented a 2011 budget whose austerity measures include a loss of 2 classroom teachers, plus cuts to administrative and support staff. The budget will be voted on by the Council in June.
The $33.4 million budget was the result of intensive work, designed to cope with the district's large - and growing - population of diverse students. According to the presentation, enrollment is expected to grow to 2,521 students next year, up from 2,469 this year. Almost 30 percent of Watertown's students learn English as a second language, and the district has slightly more special education students than the state average.
The budget continues the district's recent efforts to increase the presence of technology in the classroom, including installing projection devices in classrooms and building Web sites for teachers. The district has also taken steps to ensure that all special education students are educated in-district.
The full text of the Watertown 2011 budget, as well as the district's presentation to the Town Council, can be found on the school website.
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