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Conway Grammar board proposes 3.77% budget hike

CONWAY — The Conway Grammar School is asking to spend 3.77 percent more next year.

The Conway Grammar School Committee has proposed a $1,708,519 budget for the next school year, up $62,031 from the current year.

On Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., the School Committee will hold a public hearing on the budget at the school before submitting it to the town. The meeting is rescheduled from Thursday.

There are no personnel cuts in the proposed budget. Most changes impact operational costs.

The School Committee is asking to spend $46,280 more for teacher raises and $5,949 in physical therapy services due to an increase in services for individual students.

Other spending increases include $200 for principal supplies, $2,250 for professional development stipends, $11,500 for increased support services and $500 for Nature’s Classroom. Contracted stipends for teachers in Nature’s Classroom increased from $50 per night to $100 per night. The cost is also increasing for transportation.

The School Committee plans to spend $255 less for the Massachusetts Association of School Committee dues, $465 less in the superintendent’s office expenditures, $7,100 less in out of district tuitions and $10,000 less in special education transportation.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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