Nashua school officials focus on transportation budget
Superintendent Mark Conrad’s recommended 2015 budget calls for $6.2 million for transportation, a roughly $1 million increase over last year. But with a new contract now being hammered out, school officials expect to see a reduction in those anticipated costs and some savings in the overall $102 million budget proposal for next year.
Although Donovan could not offer any more details, he did give the board one encouraging piece of information.
Board members have been reviewing each section of next year’s budget recommendation, which proposes a $5 million, or 5.2 percent, increase over last year’s $97.4 million budget. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau has asked the board to limit the increase in spending to 2.1 percent.
“Personally, I think the district is going to have to step back and ask, ‘Do we really need this?’” he said.
Other new hires in the proposed budget include a math coach to support elementary school teachers and a unified arts teacher at the elementary school level. The addition of a unified arts teacher was part of the new contract with the Nashua Teachers Union. Beginning next year, kindergarten teachers will be required to increase their classroom planning from 50 to 100 minutes each week. Expanding the teaching staff for unified arts, or music, art and physical education, will give classroom teachers the time needed to meet that requirement.
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