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Proposed School Budget Is Up 4 Percent Over This Year’s Budget

School Committee To Hold Public Hearing Feb 26 On Draft Budget For Fiscal 2021
by Robert Stewart
 
The School Committee will hold a public on the Superintendent’s draft budget for fiscal 2021 on Feb. 26 at the high school library. Very preliminary numbers indicate the School District’s proposed operating budget for fiscal 2021 (July 2020 to June 2021) will total $44.3 million. This is $1.6 million higher than this year’s operating budget and represents a nearly four percent increase.
     Under this proposed budget, Groton’s assessment is estimated to be $22.7 million. This is $1.5 million higher than this year’s assessment and represents an increase of 6.8 percent. Dunstable’s assessment is estimated to be $6.7 million, which is $524,312 higher than this year’s assessment and represents an increase of 8.5 percent. The school assessments to member towns (Groton and Dunstable) are the amounts that appear in each town’s operating budgets and represent the amounts to be raised by the property tax.
     The proposed budget addresses several issues in Special Education including an increase in professional staff. The budget also proposes a reduction in the number of general education teachers that reflects reduced enrollment trends. The public is invited to comment on the proposed budget at the public hearing.
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