School Budget Public Hearing Wednesday In Shrewsbury

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Superintendent Joseph Sawyer recommends a school budget $4 million more than the town manager's recommendation. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck (file)

SHREWSBURY, Mass. —  You'll get a chance to voice your opinion on the proposed $54 million school budget when the school  committee holds a public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Oak Middle School Auditorium.

In late January Superintendent Joseph Sawyer, presented a recommended budget with a $4.4 million, or 8.85 percent, increase over the current year's appropriation. 

Sawyer said the proposal represents "what it would take to maintain our program, address key needs, and begin recovering from the impact of the cuts the district has sustained in recent years."

According to the school district, those cuts included the reduction of 32 teaching and support positions in the current year, which has resulted in class sizes well above the district's guidelines in the vast majority of classrooms across the district.

The superintendent's recommendation is more than $4 million what Town Manager Daniel Morgado is recommending.

 All School Department budget materials are posted online.

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