West Newbury

Both increases and decreases in yearly assessments to regional schools coming

Preliminary figures indicate that the town will see both increases and decreases in its yearly assessments to regional schools. Assessments to the Pentucket Regional School District are again expected to rise; early figures show a minimum increase of $388,536 for West Newbury, $277,687 for Merrimac, and $294,942 for Groveland, according to school representatives. Meanwhile, representatives of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School said that, although they expect an overall budget increase of 4 percent, West Newbury’s contribution would drop marginally to $205,000. That figure includes the town’s $13,552 share of a one-time capital expenditure for a machine-shop item.