Millbury Schools Approves Proposed 4.9% Budget Hike

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School Superintendent Susan Hitchcock along with Business Manager Rick Bedard (file photo) presented the proposed FY2014 budget, which was approved by the School Committee and forwarded to Town Manager Bob Spain on Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury School Committee voted Wednesday night to approve the proposed 2013-2014 Millbury School District Budget with an increase of 4.9 percent over the current fiscal year.

The proposal will be forwarded to Town Manager Bob Spain to be included in the town’s budget.

School Superintendent Susan Hitchcock stated that the budget calls for $19,084,286 in spending, an increase of $894,847 or 4.9 percent.

Hitchcock broke down the increase:

  •           Contractual Obligations: $706,000, or 78.9 percent of the increase.
  •          Technical Hardware/Software: $100,000, or 11.1 percent of the increase.
  •          Reduction of the Federal DOE Grant: $53,700, or 6 percent of the increase.
  •           New Position Hire: $48,000, or 5.3 percent of the increase.
  •           Transportation Contract: $29,200, or 3.2 percent of the increase.

Hitchcock said the transportation contract was built in with automatic increases, which are expected. The technical hardware/software increase does not include a town warrant article for $175,000, which is a separate item. The warrant article is to replace the district’s network switches, which are 10-plus years old.

In other business, school Business Manager Rick Bedard stated that, according to the governor’s proposed budget numbers, Millbury’s Chapter 70 school aid money will increase by $538,997 to a total of $7,177,867 for FY2014.

In other business, Bedard said the district will donate 75 old soccer uniforms to Sierra Leone. The uniforms were purchased in 1991 and were originally purchased for the varsity team, they were then handed down to the junior varsity team and are reaching the end of their usefulness Bedard said.

One of Millbury’s soccer players is originally from Sierra Leone, and the country is so poor that they can’t afford uniforms for their local teams. Millbury High School Athletic Director Pat Mara stepped forward and reached out and the old uniforms will be accepted  in Sierra Leone.

The next scheduled meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at  in the Millbury High School Media Center.

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