Through small cuts of the proposed 2013-14 budget, the Board of Education effectively reduced the original 4.07 percent increase to a 3.8 percent increase at its meeting Tuesday night. However, once the board included suggested security measures, the final increase over last year's budget came in at 4.05 percent, or $83,224,929.
Superintendent Stephen Falcone suggested the board add several security measures that were discussed in executive session, including security monitors at the five elementary schools and Middlesex Middle School.
The board also unanimously agreed to request that the Board of Finance accelerate the appropriation of $344,000 for new security measures. The request accounts for $75,000 for security monitors at the elementary schools and middle school, $179,000 for security cameras and external public announcement systems and $90,000 for various maintenance fees.
The approved budget must now go before the Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting for final approval.
-- Megan Spicer