Hingham: School Superintendent proposes needs based school budget

Hingham selectmen held a joint meeting with the school superintendent, advisory committee and school committee Thursday night, to go over the proposed Fiscal 2015 school department budget.

Hingham School Superintendent Dr. Dorothy Gallo presented a needs based school budget, coming in at $43.8 million dollars – an increase of 4.92% over last year.

The superintendent also proposed the hiring of an additional 13 full-time employees, including 5 teaching positions.

However, some advisory committee members like Tom Pyles, would like the school administration to also weigh in on a level services budget.

“It may be the case that we aren’t able to take care of all of the needs of the school department. In light of the fact that we don’t have feedback from a level services standpoint, we don’t want to be acting in our own vacuum, without out some sort of feedback from the school department and the school committee, on prioritizations. It isn’t something that we don’t ask other departments of, both from an operating standpoint and a capital standpoint. It would be very helpful to hear from the school committee and the school administration, when we get to that time, when we have to make those terrible decisions,” Pyles exclaimed.

The committees are scheduled to deliberate and vote on the school budget proposal in the next few weeks.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.