DY School Budget Heads to Town Meeting Voters

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School

YARMOUTH – The Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School Committee approved a budget Monday for the next fiscal year.

The $56.5 million dollar spending plan will now head to town meeting voters in both Dennis and Yarmouth in May.

Regional School Committee chairman Brian Carey said some things needed to be trimmed.

“There are some cuts to aids and cuts to some teachers,” Carey said. “Nothing that will affect class size. Nothing that will affect day to day operations.”

Carey said the school committee believes the budget is responsible and reasonable.

“It’s just us adjusting to our student population and what we feel our member towns can afford,” he said.

Yarmouth’s portion of the budget is $30.5 million, which is a higher percentage than the current year’s budget as the town has gained about 70 students.

“I believe, and I don’t want to speak for Yarmouth, they have somewhat accounted for that or at least knew it was coming,” Carey said.

Yarmouth’s share of the regional school budget has been a combative issue over recent years, but Carey does not foresee any issues before town meeting.

“We haven’t had any pushback. That doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any,” Carey said. “But we look forward to forward to presenting to the selectmen and finance committees and working with them to have a reasonable budget.”

Carey said Yarmouth has more students in their town and that it is reasonable that they would pay for those students.

Dennis has lost about 35 students and would pay $16.5 million.

By BRIAN MERCHANT, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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