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7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at South Ocean and Saxton middle schools and Medford, Tremont and Eagle elementary schools.


The district proposes a $183,951,068 budget for 2017-18, a 3.73 percent increase from the current $177,333,831. The tax levy would increase by 3.6 percent, from $105,131,048 to $108,920,314. The increase is equal to the state’s tax cap limit.

School taxes on the average single-family home would increase by 3.68 percent, from $7,251.69 to $7,518.63.

The proposed budget funds additional positions for 14 teachers, one administrator, two clerical staff members, 15 teaching assistants and one bus driver. It also includes an expansion of the Advanced Placement course offerings to include a second AP Capstone course, as well as offering AP Computer Science Principles. It also adds electives offered at the high school to include forensic science, meteorology, and Marine Science 2, and will introduce a new Yoga, Meditation and Eastern Philosophy course to support the district’s mindfulness initiative.

The district currently is in negotiations with its teachers. Their contract expires June 30.

A separate proposition on the ballot would authorize the district to spend the remaining $3 million from its capital reserve fund on the following projects: recoating the roofs at River Elementary School and the high school, renovating the tennis courts at the high school, and replacing the boys’ and girls’ lockers in the locker rooms at Saxton Middle and South Ocean Middle schools. It will not impact taxes.


Incumbents Diana Andrade and Kelli Anne Jennings are running unopposed for two at-large seats. Terms are three years.

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