02 / 19 / 2019
  - 09:44:23 AM
Franklin School Committie To Meet Tonight


By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The Franklin School Committee will meet tonight a week after postponing it's regularly scheduled meeting because of last Tuesday's winter storm and will hear from the Superintendent of Schools, about her Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal, which reflects a six-percent increase over the current spending package. Superintendent Sara Ahearn says her budget proposal will include “level service”, plus funding of some of the critical needs areas. Identified by building principals and central office administrators coming in at a cost of just over $67 million, an increase of almost $4 million from  the current budget and with that there could still be some budget gaps. Franklin School Committee members tonight will discuss the budget with Superintendent Ahearn saying another concern is the Governor’s Fiscal year 2020 budget released late last month. It puts minimum aid at $20 per student meaning Franklin’s anticipated increase in Chapter 70 school aid will come in at approximately $111,000. Also the assessed Charter tuition expands dramatically from $4 million to $6.3 million, based on the expansion rate of the Benjamin Franklin Charter School funding that town and school officials are concerned about, because of the potential loss of funding to support local budgets.


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