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Funding that had been eliminated for extracurricular activities will be back in the 2012-2013 Barrington school budget approved Thursday night. The spending plan also includes money to continue full-day kindergarten and courtesy busing, while adding lunchroom aides and more custodial staffing.
The $13 million spending plan includes no increase in the tax rate and actually will collect about a quarter-million less in tax revenue due to changes in the borough’s taxable properties. Belt-tightening in previous years played a significant role in this year’s budget.
These efforts put the district in a “fantastic position financially,” Business Administrator Samuel L. Dutkin said during the budget presentation meeting.
Under the unanimously adopted budget, the district will begin a four-year cycle of computer replacements to keep classrooms up-to-date; iMacs will be purchased for Art and Music classes; an e-reader program will be tested at the middle school; and SMART interactive white boards will be installed in all classrooms.
Funding also will be reinstated for extracurricular activities and field trips. Extracurricular activities, such as some afterschool sports, continued this year but included extensive fundraising efforts and a fee to play. Fees will continue next year, but school funds will help alleviate some of the costs, Superintendent Anthony Arcodia said during his budget presentation.
Paid lunchroom aides also are included in the budget. They will be able to help the volunteers and teachers already in place.