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School District Battles Multi-Million Dollar Shortfall

The city’s School District is facing a budget shortfall, and is looking to the City Council for help.

The School Committee discussed the $3.5 million dollar gap Monday, most of which lies in salaries and pay-outs to retired employees. Mitchell thinks the District has demonstrated a willingness to change its business approach.

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The School Department is looking to hire a new business manager this summer, and has started instituting new budgeting processes following an internal audit. Officials will meet with the City Council’s Finance Committee to discuss the matter next Wednesday.

The School Committee also ratified the contract of new Superintendent Pia Durkin. The longtime head of Attleboro’s schools was selected for the post in March. The contract is for three years, with a $185,000 annual salary. Durkin will take over for interim Superintendent Michael Shea on July 1st.

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