This operating override question would provide $9.125 million annually to fund important parts of the Newton City Budget.
Horace Mann School
The Horace Mann building is woefully undersized by state standards. The classrooms, cafetorium and library are too small for the needs of the school and the building is inaccessible to people with mobility difficulty. The playground structure is broken and unusable in places.
After a period of community advocacy, the city has moved forward with a plan to renovate Horace Mann School.
$775,000 per year will go toward this vital and absolutely necessary renovation.
Newton Public Schools faces a serious budget gap due to growing student needs and rising costs. We cannot continue to plug this hole with one-time funds like ARPA.
The override would provide $4.5 million annually to address this structural deficit.
If the override does not pass, we will see
Across the board budget reductions to all departments
Increased class sizes
Reductions to breadth and depth of programming for
Significant changes to staffing and structures
Increased fees and other revenues sources
Severe challenges to meet Systemwide Goals and School Committee Budget Guidelines