Haverhill Schools Superintendent James F. Scully
Superintendent James F. Scully proposes a $79 million budget for the next school year, an increase of 7.1 percent over this year’s spending.
To provide the same level of service as this year, the district budget would have to increase by $4.7 million, or 6.3 percent.
Business Manager Brian A. O’Connell said the proposed budget anticipates additional spending of $569,000 on nine new positions and continuing one job that was previously paid with a grant.
Scully is calling for the addition of three special education teachers, another assistant principal at Hunking School, a kindergarten teacher, a fourth-grade teacher and ELL teacher at Golden Hill School, a fourth-grade teacher and a math teacher at Tilton School, and a previously grant-funded position at Moody School.
The budget also includes $1.5 million for the continued use of Greenleaf School, even though the current student body of kindergartners through second-graders will attend the new Hunking School next year.
Scully explained that he plans to use the building as an alternative middle school for students who need specialized services. He said there is a chance that out-of-district students will pay tuition to the city for the program.
The committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the school department offices to continue the budget discussion.