Approved FY 2015 budget calls for increase in staff

The Dracut School Committee has unanimously accepted a proposed budget presented by School Superintendent Steven Stone, calling it a working document to be finalized at future meetings. The fiscal 2015 budget calls for a 4.83 percent increase to cover what Stone calls critical-need staff positions, some of which were eliminated in 2012, and transportation costs. If approved, the increased budget would reinstate elementary school physical education, art, and music specialists, a special education teacher, a paraprofessional, and others. Two custodians would also return to the district. Stone said they will be needed with the new Dracut High School encompassing an additional 65,000 square feet of space. That school is scheduled to open in September.