Interim Superintendent of Manchester Public Schools Richard Kisiel's proposed school budget for the 2013-14 school year is a $4.599 million, or 4.57 percent, increase over the current year's budget.
Under the proposal, which still needs to be approved by the Board of Education, teachers will receive a 1.5 percent wage increase, no teachers will be laid off and classroom sizes will remain the same, but 10 paraprofessional positions will be eliminated. Kisiel's proposal also includes a 2.25 percent increase in administrator salaries, a roughly $1 million increase in special education funding and the replacement of five vehicles within the district's maintenance fleet.
But the proposal does not include any increases in funding for school and security upgrades, which Kisiel said he would leave up to a soon to be assembled community task force on school safety and security to recommend to the board of education.
But what do you think of the $105,246,451 proposed budget? Is it too much? Not enough? Is the funding directed to the right places? What would you like to see changed or added to the plan?
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