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March 7, 2013

Danvers schools seek $1.1M budget hike


At Holten Richmond Middle School, the addition of a sixth-grade science teacher and a seventh-grade social studies teacher would allow all three teams to be fully staffed and taught by teachers certified in the content area they teach.

Dana is also proposing an English-language learners teacher to be shared between the middle and high schools, an elementary team chairperson for special education, and the filling of the vacant middle school curriculum director’s job.

The schools will spend nearly $954,000 more this year for contractual salary increases. Retirements will save the district $133,000.

The budget request also calls for $30,000 more to pay for half of the salary of the DanversCares prevention coalition’s executive director, a position that formerly was paid for mostly through grants, and for $40,000 more to pay for a portion of a school resource officer, sharing salary with the Police Department. This would provide for a full-time resource officer at both the middle and high schools.

Requests for supplies, materials, technology and professional development would mean a $130,000 increase in the budget.

The School Committee is scheduled to meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Toomey Room at Town Hall.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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