East Bridgewater

Schools budget hearing Wednesday

A public hearing on the proposed school budget for fiscal 2014 will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Auditorium at East Bridgewater High School. Town Administrator George Samia has requested level-funded budgets, but school officials are seeking what they call a $569,000 “must have” increase to the current $19 million budget that would allow them to maintain staffing levels. At separate sessions of the School Committee and Finance Committee, Superintendent Susan Cote outlined budget cuts that may be needed if the additional funding isn’t approved. They include: cutting one teacher from Grades 1-8; cutting school sports; raising bus fee and cutting bus service not required by law; and offering financial incentives to staff who agree to join a spouse’s health plan. School Committee Chairman George McCabe said that due to reorganization costs associated with the new high school, the committee actually needs a $848,000 increase for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1.