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Preliminary School Budget Calls for $1.3 Million Spending Increase

A public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25.

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.

Read the full story from the Independent here.
EG February 21, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Does $67,962 include the cost of the support personal as well as the wireless technology upgrade?
David February 21, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Time for taxpayers to say NO! The municipal side keep downsizing reducing services, not fixing the infrastructure etc so parents who can easily afford it can have chromebooks! Does anyone think that the school budget which sucks out most of our taxes needs to go on a diet
Boon Mcnolys February 21, 2014 at 05:27 PM
35.9 Million? FOR WHAT? SCAM ARTIST AT WORK. Typical East Greenwich, criminals don't wear ski masks anymore. They wear business suits and drive Mercedes. PSSSHT 35.9 million. You're kidding me. Cole is already a BRAND NEW SCHOOL!
EG February 22, 2014 at 08:34 AM
We need an itemized list of 1.3 million increase.
Class of 98 February 22, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Does Patch have any original stories anymore? Every article I've seen since the downsizing has cited website or newspaper.
EG February 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM
I will be surprised if you get a clear answer. I don't think the editors know themselves.
David February 22, 2014 at 07:21 PM
And still no full day kindergarten
EG February 22, 2014 at 07:51 PM
This school district is only interest in spending(new building, Chromebooks...). They have no interest in offering an education program offered by many school districts. It is time to raise your voice this November.
Leo February 23, 2014 at 08:59 AM
What on EARTH are you talking about, EG??? Test scores in EG are outstanding so I would guess "education" is doing just fine. To say that the "school district is only interested in spending" is downright dumb and ill-informed. But I have heard your stupidity before and you hate public schools and unions and love to bash teachers so we all should consider the source of these comments.
David February 23, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Leo really what union do you belong to
EG February 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Leo, Do you know how to spell education? What test scores are you talking about? NECAP? Do you know what NECAP is? Do you know what education program other public schools offer? Have you ever seen a good(not excellent but good) public school?
John February 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Leo, Please make coherent and concise arguments rather than simply attacking others.
Parent February 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Barrington invested in their academic program in the last several years. How much money from 1.3 million increases is going to be invested in our academic program?
EG February 23, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Leo, Do you know me? Thanks for making these stories about "I love to bash teachers, hate public schools and unions". I must step on your toes by telling the truth.
Cheryl O. February 23, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Perhaps if you attended some School Committee meetings, you would understand how this money is being spent. Lots of time, energy and thought are put into these decisions. They are not made overnight.
David February 23, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Anyone know if the number of students in the system is stable decreasing or increasing. If we just continue to spend more on less students it just means one thing...increased teacher benefits. In fact the real story not the condensed one here states that $750K goes to teacher salaries and benefits. This from the same group that attempts to hold our kids hostage come negotiation time. Read NY times talks about the demise of public sector unions... its about time.. but never in this crumbling state. Damn the taxpayers, the students, the municipal budget just give the teachers what they want. Pathetic
EG February 23, 2014 at 02:29 PM
It is still on my wish list that SC will broadcast the meeting via local channel, or post the video recording on their web site. Not everyone can make 7:00pm meeting.
EG February 23, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Cheryl, Can you attend every state or federal assembly meeting? You still have the right to know the detail...
Gene Dumas February 23, 2014 at 03:29 PM
Hello EG. You can view the agenda and minutes of the EGSC @ http://sos.ri.gov/openmeetings//index.php?page=view_entity&id=4541 Secretary of State Mollis website. The minutes of the meeting seem to take a while to get online. I agree with David. I would like to know the per capita spent on EG students relative to other communities.
EG February 23, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Thank you Gene. I have been reading these agenda and minutes from egsd.net. However these agenda and minutes do not have the detailed information Cheryl refer to. EG's per capita spent on students is higher than Barrington. It offers half of the advanced academic programs Barrington offers today. EG's per capita spent is almost double than the school district we moved from, and EG only offers 1/4 of the advanced academic programs. EG does not offer full time kindergarten, gifted and talent program. EG's middle school and high school program is very behind. I strongly suggest administrators visit the good schools(not excellent schools) in the nation, and please let community know if your schools are one of the best and best in the nation. I strongly suggest administrators visit the schools outside the country, and please let community know if your schools are world class schools...
Gene Dumas February 23, 2014 at 07:37 PM
I really didn't want to comment on this article again, but... Let's put the kids education front and center! Period! But as an aside; We ALL need to watch the bottom line!
Parent February 23, 2014 at 10:03 PM
How much money from 1.5 million increase is for the kids education?

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