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Ipswich, MA: School district seeks 10.5% increase in SPED funding

Feb 25, 2020, Ipswich (MA) Local News: Hearing Thursday on school district’s proposed $32.7 million budget With town meeting just over two months away, final budgets are taking shape for the coming year. The school district is proposing a $32,701,698 budget for the coming fiscal year, or FY21 which runs from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. That represents an increase of $1,609,622, or 5.2%, over this year’s budget of $31,092,076. That, in turn, was an increase of $1,277,236, or 4.3% over the FY19 budget of $29,814,840. There are 1,708 students enrolled in the district. In FY21 under the proposed budget, school spending would account for 61.19% of all revenues raised by the town. The final spending figures will ultimately be approved by voters at town meeting on May 12. Numbers provided by schools superintendent Brian Blake project a drop in state and federal aid, and larger increases in special education and staff compensation. Special education expenses are likely to jump by 10.5% to around $7.54 million, according to the draft budget….

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