WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education is seeking two new positions in its budget request for next year.
The board on Wednesday night unanimously approved a $104,248,401 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, an increase of roughly $2.5 million, or 2.5 percent.
The budget includes funding for two items in the strategic plan: a medical careers teacher and part-time communications specialist.
The medical careers teacher would work at Lyman Hall High School, at a salary of $78,239. The communications specialist would be a public information officer, maintaining school district social media accounts and assisting Superintendent Salvatore Menzo with media inquiries, at a salary of $31,200.
Roxane McKay, board chairwoman, said that including the two positions is "prudent and appropriate.”
Menzo initially requested a 5.67-percent spending increase when he presented his budget on Jan. 14. The board initially reduced that to a 2.89-percent increase a few weeks later, followed by a further cuts Wednesday.
The board removed all nonrecurring expenditures they anticipate will be completed through either capital requests or 1-percent funds, an account that allows the school board to carry over a surplus of up to 1-percent of its budget to the next fiscal year.
The request now goes to Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. for consideration as part of the budget he will present to the council. The current education budget represents a 1.17-percent increase over the previous year, after the school district returned $411,612 to the town prior to the adoption of the spending plan last June.
As part of that process, Dickinson reduced the school board’s 2.42-percent requested increase to a 1.58 spending hike.
The Town Council approved a 1.17 percent increase.