School Superintendent Gary Cialfi presented a $105.3-million budget request for 2018-19 to the Board of Education last week, an amount that would represent a 5% increase over the current $100.3-million allotment. The percentage could change if the Board of Finance agrees to transfer $1.18 million that it placed into a contingency fund earlier this year to the school program account, as the school board unanimously requested. The transfer would boost the current year’s budget back to $101.5 million.
The bulk of the increase comes from salaries, which account for $3.4 million of the $3.8 million requested increase. Included in Cialfi’s request were funds to add the equivalent of 13 teaching positions spread among the schools. Health care costs are also expected to increase 4.79%.