East Bridgewater: Budget increases on every grade level

East Bridgewater is kicking off the school budget process for fiscal year 2015 with similar increases across all grade levels.

For Elementary, Middle, and the Junior/Senior High School, two line items take the forefront: textbooks and school supplies.

John Moretti, Superintendent of Schools, is in full support of taking the burden off of the parents. “We’ve relied upon our parents to buy things as basic and elementary as crayons, markers, pencils, rulers, hand wipes, sanitizers, tissues, ” he said, “I’m sorry…we’re a public school, we should be providing those basic educational needs for the kids. It’s as simple as that.”

With Moretti’s guidance, administrators from each school went through a three-step process to come up with preliminary budget projections for FY15. They looked into projected enrollment, did a complete inventory of all their supplies, and figured out their main priorities.

Junior/Senior High School Principal Paul Vieira acknowledged that textbooks and supplies alone take up over half of the overall projected budget for the school, about 56%.

Andrew Gentile,  Gordon W. Mitchell Middle School Principal, recognized that $69,000 of the $75,000 projected budget increase for that school is solely for textbooks and supplies. Specifically, about $41,000 is needed for a 3-year commitment to “Go Math,” a fully consumable math program that has shown to benefit the students with more convenient work-space and updated materials every year.

Moretti said all of the budgets will be discussed in more detail at the upcoming joint meeting on Saturday, February 1st of the School Committee, Board of Selectman, and Finance Committee.

The meeting will take place in the Anne Kenneally Hynes Library at the Junior/Senior High School and is completely open to the public to gather information and give input.

About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.