JAMESTOWN – Nine more full-time equivalent positions have been restored to the Jamestown Public Schools District. That’s according to a report this morning in the Jamestown Post-Journal, which says the Board of Education unanimously passed its $76.8 million dollar tentative budget during last night’s school board meeting.
The final budget restores five teaching positions, one full-time paraprofessional, one librarian and one school secretary. Additionally, a half-time position was restored and a full-time position was reduced to half-time. Even with an announced $323,000 increase in state aid, the district was still facing an estimated $700,000 budget gap, but was able to close it without the need to increase property taxes. The budget is a $2.34 million, or 3.14 percent, increase over the 2011-12 budget.
The spending plan will now go to a public vote May 15.