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Plymouth, MA: Supt: "Student mental health is the biggest issue in the region and the state"

Dec 7, 2017, Plymouth (MA) Wicked: Plymouth superintendent’s budget proposal would keep school programs intact http://plymouth.wickedlocal.com/news/20171207/plymouth-superintendents-budget-proposal-would-keep-school-programs-intact Superintendent Gary Maestas unveiled on Monday a $97.4 million operating budget proposal for the coming school year that reflects a 3.4 percent increase over current spending. The overall budget would top $121 million. … Salaries account for nearly 80 percent of spending and include increases for employees that were part of contracts approved two years ago. Increases from new school bus contracts and for out-of-district placement of special education students fueled the increase in contracted services. … Student mental health is the biggest issue in the region and the state, Maestas said, and seems to be reaching an epic crisis. ...