Barrington official: adding full-day K next year may be more difficult

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Joel Hellmann had some bad news for people attending last Thursday’s school committee meeting in Barrington.

The member of the Barrington Committee on Appropriations told folks at the meeting that while the forecast for adding full-day kindergarten this fall did not look promising, the budget challenges in the future should also cast doubt on whether the program will be added in 2014-15 either.

“My real fear is that next year’s going to be harder,” Mr. Hellmann said during the meeting.

He said that next year’s school budget will face teachers’ salary increases, pension increases and healthcare increases. (This year’s budget realized a smaller salary increase for teachers.)

Later in the meeting, fellow Committee on Appropriations member Geoff Grove told people that of the $900,000 increase recommended for the school department’s $45 million budget, approximately $500,000 went to compensation. He said future years will require more increases for compensation.

Mr. Hellmann added: “They (the school committee members) have to decide what they want. They set their own priorities.”

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