the following is a press release
NATICK – State Representative David P. Linsky (D-Natick) announced today, July 30, the Legislature and Governor Baker agreed to ensure significant increases to local aid and state aid for public schools across the Commonwealth, including the Fifth Middlesex District. This agreement will allow the towns and school districts to maintain success without significant budget cuts, which were feared by many.
“I’m proud that in these very challenging times that we were able to continue to prioritize local aid and education in the Commonwealth,” said Representative Linsky. “This agreement ensures the necessary local aid funding to keep our cities and towns, and public schools, running to the highest of standards.”
For FY21, the agreement commits to providing no less than the FY20 level of funding for unrestricted general government aid (UGGA) and chapter 70 education aid. Additionally, it commits to Chapter 70 increases for inflation and enrollment increases. This commitment provides an additional $107 million in aid over FY20. Each school will also be receiving Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief and Coronavirus Relief Fund monies in order to provide assistance for schools’ reopening needs. These funds were appropriated by the United States Congress and are being distributed through state government.
The total amount of funding in the Fifth Middlesex is as follows:
- Natick Schools will receive a total of $11,713,593, which is a $1,592,826 increase over FY20.
- Sherborn will receive a total of $830,076, which is a $136,493 increase over FY20.
- Dover-Sherborn Regional School District will receive a total of $2,679,365, a $396,971 increase over FY20.
- Tri-County Regional High School will receive a total of $6,009,494, a $292,656 increase over FY20.
- Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School will receive a total of $6,560,693, a $1,233,264 increase over FY20.
Unrestricted General Government Aid (Local Aid) will be:
- Natick – $4,046,428
- Sherborn – $230,013
These funds are level funded at the same level as last year.