"There is no doubt, that when adequately staffed, the Natick Public Schools has an educational strategic plan that is unsurpassed in Massachusetts," Sanchioni's presentation reads. "The foundation of that plan is built on the fact that the main determinant of student achievement is the ability and dedication of our classroom teachers and those who support them."
Of the new positions in the budget proposal, eight would be for teaching jobs.
Sanchioni's proposal is focused on maintaining the current staff levels that will continue to build on the academic success Natick students are experiencing.
Among the goals of the budget are:
- Meet all fixed and mandated costs due to contractual obligations;
- Appropriate all negotiated COLA's;
- Add additional staffing positions needed to provide level service at all levels and programs by class sizes and support systems consistent;
- Educate the 5,132 students served daily.
The Committee did not take a position of the proposal.
" I expect that a 'decision' by the committee will likely happen some time in March," Chair Dirk Coburn told Natick Patch, "barring unusual developments. I expect that one theme of future budget discussions this year and for some years to come will be how to meet the needs and challenges of enrollment growth."
According to Sanchioni's presentation, NPS has added 687 students over the last six years.