When the process for building the 2018-19 school operating budget began last fall, principals and administrators put together a first draft that called for a nearly 8% increase in spending. Eight percent.
That first draft included the funding necessary to maintain operational and staffing needs. It also added spending for some new programs and purchases. An expanded science program, for example, at Miller-Driscoll. Updates to library collections across the schools. New furniture to replace badly worn chairs and tables.