Typically the School Budget request represents a 4.5%-5% increase over the previous year, though the opening of Sunita Williams and implementation of Full Day Kindergarten led to an increase of over 7% in FY20. The main drivers of this year's increase are contractual salary increases for employees, higher enrollment, and additional Special Education and Student Support Services needs. The request includes the addition of 16.97 FTEs, including 3.9 for Classroom teachers, 10.19 for Special Education, Counseling, and ELL, and 0.8 for Assistant Principals.
Dr. Gutekanst believes this request represents what resources are minimally required to meet student needs and address the district's strategic priorities as outlined in the Portrait of a Needham Graduate Strategic Plan.
A public hearing on the budget will be held
Tuesday, January 21, 7:00pm at Broadmeadow Elementary School. The proposed budget will then be presented to the Finance Committee on Wednesday, January 22, and School Committee will vote on the budget recommendation the following Tuesday. All three meetings are open to the public.