SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 14, 2013

Beverly FY14 school budget calls for more teachers, raises

BY PAUL LEIGHTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — BEVERLY — The proposed school budget for fiscal year 2014 includes more teachers, raises for administrators and teachers, an increase in some fees and a dramatic reduction in one.

The $48 million proposal will be the subject of a public hearing tonight at 7 in the Beverly High School auditorium.

The proposal represents a 2.58 percent increase over the original 2013 budget. It calls for the addition of four new elementary school teachers as well a new physics teacher and physical education teacher at the high school.

Principals and central office administrators would receive an average salary increase of 3 percent, while union salaries would go up 1.5 percent.

Fees for elementary instrumental music, preschool and the elementary enrichment center would increase 2.5 percent. Fees for transportation, sports and full-day kindergarten would stay the same.

The cost for students to park at the high school would drop dramatically, from $180 to $100.

Superintendent Marie Galinski said the cut was proposed after “considerable feedback” from parents and students that the parking fee was too high.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.