As budget season kicks into high gear, the East Greenwich School Committee got a look at preliminary spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2014-2015 fiscal year budget calls for $35.9 million in spending, up $1.3 million from this year, reports the North East Independent.
Despite the increase, EG School Committee Chair David Green told the Independent that he expects the figure to drop after upcoming budget hearings.
A public hearing on the budget is slated for Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Archie R. Cole Middle School.
Last month, the committee voted to fund Google Chromebooks for each high school student in 2014-2015 – a cost of $67,962 the first year.
The upcoming teachers' union contract will also become a factor for the bottom line. The union and school department have yet to come to an agreement on a three-year contract.