HARWICH – Officials with the Monomoy Regional School District presented Harwich selectmen with a draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and their proposal calls for a $2 million increase in funding.
Selectmen have called for school officials to reduce that request. Harwich taxpayers will soon begin paying off their part of the bill for the new Monomoy High School, with an increase of $230 a year on the way for the average homeowner.
“They need to get [the budget] down to a more manageable level,” said Selectman Ed McManus. “But personally, from my point of view, they need to maintain a robust academic program for our students. After investing all the money we have in the new school facilities, it would be a shame if we chose to reduce the academic program that we’re hoping will be taught there,” McManus added.
Harwich taxpayers pay for 73 percent of the school budget, with Chatham residents footing the bill for 27 percent of the costs.
The next meeting between school officials and town officials is set for January 15.