School Budget Absorbs Fuel Cost Adjustment 

There was no change to the bottom line of $45,197,090, but the School Committee’s annual September budget revote reflected changing conditions.

The biggest change was an additional $35,441 in the transportation line. Julie Kirrane, the schools’ finance director, explained that this was a cost adjustment triggered by the price of fuel, as required in the contract with Bedford Charter Service.

Salaries increased by $4,291, Kirrane said, there were a lot of variables for such a small adjustment: two personnel contracts, changes in summer program costs, final staff assignments, and “a better sense of our turnover savings when hiring is almost complete.” Total salaries represent 83 percent of the budget.

In answer to a question from member Sarah Scoville, Kirrane said salary projections include unfilled positions.

The increases were offset to the dollar by a decline of $39,722 in operating expenses. Committee Chair Brad Morrison asked about the reduction, and Kirrane said it was achieved through “reclassification of expenses.”

Upcoming will be a final fiscal 2022 budget report and a mid-year update of the current year’s budget.

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