School Committee Approves Budget Proposal

The budget proposal approved by the school committee for 2015 would hire new teachers, add funding to special education, and pay for new school supplies.

Aerial view of Mansfield schools. Patch file photo.
Aerial view of Mansfield schools. Patch file photo.

The school committee voted to approve a budget proposal of over $45.3 million, a 6.6 percent increase from last year, for fiscal year 2015, according to the Sun Chronicle

About 80 percent of the proposed budget would pay teachers and administrative staff salaries, over $36.5 million. The budget would pay for 10 additional positions in the school system, including four teachers at Mansfield High and an assistant superintendent. A large portion, about 20 percent, would go to special education.

Other items covered in the spending package include transportation, new computer and electronic parts, and new textbooks. School committee members will discuss and revise the plan before the budget is presented to voters at Town Meeting this spring. 

HJ December 29, 2013 at 03:21 PM
The special education spending in this town is insane.
BH December 29, 2013 at 05:57 PM
It's a tough thing to talk about because there is always a need for special education, but you're right. It doesn't line up with anything else, the numbers are out if whack.
HJ December 29, 2013 at 06:35 PM
BH, in 13 years of K-12, I had no special eds in my school. It's so absurd now. Parents should pay $5,000 per year, per student if they want special ed teaching for their child.
BH December 29, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Well I don't think you can use the amount of students requiring special ed during your years and today in the same context. There are more students today and higher rates of cognitive, physical and emotional disability than ever. What you can discriminate against is the amount if money spend respective to the number of students receiving special education and how that compares with prototypical high school curriculum.
BH December 30, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Part of the problem is people that think there is one label for everyone and that the label is "mentally retarded". Not only is that an antiquated and offensive term, but modern and undisputed research and technology has allowed the informed public to realize there are all kinds of learning disabilities linked to all kinds of cognitive and developmental issues that require special education. Apparently you think people with schizophrenia or autism or aspergers are all "retarded". Pick up a book or hop on the "Internet" if you know what that is, and do some research before you say something else offensive and uninformed.
HJ December 30, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I didn't say anything offensive.
BH December 30, 2013 at 02:08 PM
You did and you don't realize it.
Tina Mqs December 30, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Too late for my kids, but good on the new science texbooks. BUT.....they need to make sure that the online component is working. It hasn't been, for this last batch, and if it's part of the package then it'd better work or we want our collective money back. Sometime soon the science and history will be better fitted for online/DL-able texts though, given the way things change so often. As far as special education goes, a big part of what we provide is mandated or else we don't get this or that state/federal money. It's sorta like extortion.
Whiffenpoof December 31, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Flagged as inappropriate.
Tina Mqs January 01, 2014 at 05:44 PM
darn, i missed it......
BH January 01, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Wish TalkMansfield would stick to his own little site..
HJ January 01, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Yes, I wish TalkMansfield would be flagged as inappropriate.


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