Year-End Update
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June marks the end of another school year for Needham's students and teachers.  This newsletter provides an update on the FY14 school operating budget, approved by Town Meeting last month, as well as other matters pertaining to the Needham Schools.


As we prepare for summer, CNS would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who work in the Needham Public Schools - the teachers, administrators and support staff - who work tirelessly on behalf of Needham's students.  We wish you all a restful summer and look forward to welcoming you back in September!

6/18/13: In This Issue
Town Meeting Approves FY14 Budget
Mitchell Nutrition Services Wins Silver Award
Anticipated School Committee Vacancy
Thank You
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Town Meeting Approves FY14 School Budget

Last month, Town Meeting approved the FY14 school operating budget totaling $53,995,587.  This amount represents a 5.64% increase ($2.9 million) over FY13. Of this increase, $1.2 million is for contractual costs, and just 0.7% of the total increase is for program improvements.  


The budget assumes total enrollment in the Needham Schools will increase again next year, with increases at the middle and high school levels offset by a small decline at the elementary level.  Projected enrollment increases at the secondary levels will continue to put pressure on the operating budget in coming years.


You can view detailed budget documents on the NPS website. 

Mitchell Nutrition Services Wins Silver Award
We congratulate the Nutrition Services staff at Mitchell Elementary School for being a Silver award recipient in the HealthierUS School Challenge program. This is a voluntary certification initiative recognizing schools that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.  Mitchell joins High Rock as the second Needham school to win an award as part of this program.  Congratulations!
Anticipated School Committee Vacancy

School Committee member Marianne Cooley recently announced she will be running for the open seat on Needham's Board of Selectmen.  This Special Town Election will take place on June 25, 2013, the same day as the Special State Election for the Massachusetts Senate seat.


Ms. Cooley is running unopposed for this seat on the Board of Selectmen, and if successful, she will resign from the School Committee and this vacancy will be jointly appointed by the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen over the summer.  This new member of the School Committee would serve until April 2014 (the next Town election).


Visit the Town of Needham website or Needham Town Clerk's office for additional information about these upcoming elections.

Thank You!

At the close of this school year, Citizens for Needham Schools will say goodbye to four departing Board members: Melissa Patz, Alison Reiser, Nancy Richmond and Amy Winslow.  We thank these women for their many years of service to CNS and their support of the Needham Public Schools!

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