Kent Center School budget in the works

Primary work for the 2014-15 education budget for Kent Center School is underway with the budget committee searching for ways to shave dollars off of a projected 6.13 percent increase.

The proposed budget as of Feb. 6 was $4.4 million, a $254,202 increase over the present year.

Board of Education Chairman Paul Cortese has asked the committee to find $41,000 in savings, which would reduce the increase by 1 percent.

More than half of the increase is contractual. Salaries are up 2.45 percent. The Region 1 school district, of which Kent is a part, is looking at a 22.9 percent increase in medical/dental insurance. That affects Kent Center School by a $136,825 increase, bringing medical/dental to $718,825.

The next budget committee workshop is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. The draft budget proposal will be presented to the entire school board on March 6.

Susan Tuz