AUBURN — The School Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed school budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Auburn Hall.

The hearing will be held after committee members get a list of proposals for cutting $1 million from Superintendent Katy Grondin’s budget. Items mentioned last week include closing the East Auburn School, reducing raises to staff and eliminating three elementary guidance counselors and one high school assistant principal.

Discussion on reductions started after city councilors told the committee it must pass a budget with an increase no higher than the cost of living, or 1.8 percent. That would mean a property tax increase of $19 a year for a home valued at $150,000.

Grondin had recommended a school budget of $39.9 million, which would mean a property tax increase of $105 on a $150,000 home. The increase on what she described as a “maintenance” budget proposal included higher special education costs, raises negotiated in labor contracts and health insurance costs.

The committee will hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. to hear possible cuts.


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