WINTHROP — After the Town Council voted the previous school budget down, a public hearing is set for Monday with the referendum vote Tuesday.

School officials plan to discuss the revised $13.4 million proposed budget and answer any questions the public may have at 6 p.m. in the Winthrop High School cafeteria, 211 Rambler Road.

The budget is an increase of $702,788, or 5.51%, over last year. Of that amount, taxpayers are being asked to fund $282,880, which represents an increase of 3.76%.

The previous version of the proposed budget was voted down by the Town Council with the reasoning that materials presented by Winthrop Public Schools were not consistent and the budget did not have the School Board’s full support after it voted 3-2. The Town Council approved the newest budget on June 24 in a 4-2 vote, with Linda Caprara and James Steele in opposition.

When the budget was sent back to the drawing board the first week in June, Superintendent Jim Hodgkin proposed a cut of $90,000 from various areas of the budget, including $10,000 from the transportation department, which was a point of contention for the board members who voted against the original budget. They wanted more information before they could approve the budget in good faith.

The other cuts came from moving salaries around in the regular instruction portion of the budget, which was more clear at the end of the year with the retirement of teachers who were paid more after years of service in comparison to younger, newer teachers in the district.

Hodgkin said in a statement on the district’s website that the main increases to the budget are salary increases that are mandated by union contracts, a bond payment for a new boiler, lighting upgrades, the addition of three teachers, and the return of the transportation department, which had been contracted out in previous years.

Tuesday’s referendum vote is set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town Office, 17 Highland Ave.

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