The Needham Public Schools is looking to voters to expand its budget in the next fiscal year. School Committee members presented the $1.5 million override proposal Monday, outlining the plan for “innovation and extended learning.”
According to Superintendent Dan Gutekanst, the override would:
Restore previously cut school programs;
Provide for innovative learning opportunities for our elementary students;
Extend the K-8 school day to optimize learning for all students;
Ensure the professional staff has sufficient time to meet during and after school to improve instruction and strengthen learning.
In a statement on the Needham Public Schools website, officials said the fiscal 2015 budget — as it stands — “only allows Needham to deliver the same level of school services as in FY14; the proposed Supplemental Budget enables us to move forward and closer to our peers.”
The proposal calls for:
Spanish, Technology, the Arts, and expanded Health and Physical Education in grades 1 to 5 and Music in kindergarten.
An additional 75 hours or three weeks elementary instruction; an additional 30 hours of instruction at middle schools.