Superintendent Karen Baldwin is proposing an operating budget of $97,110,435, a 4.83% increase, for the 2018-19 school year.

Baldwin made her budget presentation at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting where she addressed concerns about spending increases. She told the board the budget request stems from special education costs, teacher salaries and health benefits, and transportation.

Health benefits and salaries are large budget drivers, Baldwin said, and they are contractually related. The superintendent said that 32% of budget increase is attributable to health care costs.

Certified salaries make up 49.1% of entire operating budget, while non-certified salaries is 10.7%. Employee benefits make up 20.3% of budget.

The board has scheduled a series of public hearings regarding next year's budget. The Press will post that schedule later today — Tuesday, Jan. 23,