Up Next: Dual concerns as school officials seek superintendent, budget answers

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When the Worcester Public Schools Finance and Operations Standing Committee meets Monday night, it will be looking at preliminary budget numbers that show the city school system requires an additional $11 million in funding just to keep existing services available to students, teachers and parents.

The current numbers are based on Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed 2017 state budget.

The schools Human Resources Department and administration are requesting another $14.5 million that they believe is needed to fill positions and fulfill other services.

According to school budget documents for fiscal 2017, a $3.5 million revenue increase is expected. In total, that leaves a potential $22 million budget gap heading into next fiscal year.

Now it’s up to administration and School Committee members to find ways to close the gap.


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