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Whately school seeks 2.5% budget hike

WHATELY — The Whately School Committee wants to spend an extra $38,040 for next school year than it did this year.

The committee has proposed a $1,555,166 budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which is a 2.51 percent increase over the current academic year.

It will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the elementary school before it submits it to the town Finance Committee for review.

The major increase is due to $42,511 in teacher raises. Another $2,300 increase is a result of special eduction substitutes.

The committee also wants to spend $16,025 more for retirement settlement for one employee, $300 for Nature’s Classroom, $3,250 extra in professional development studies, $1,000 in computer registers and $2,225 in required services for individual education plans.

A total of $25,441 for speech therapies and $9,772 for the cost of an art teacher would be transferred to the School Choice budget.

The committee is planning to spend $5,437 less on the superintendent’s office expenditures, $5,335 less on summer school tuitions, $460 less on waste removal and $550 less on state school committee dues.

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