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Budget Avoids Band Cuts, Spares Other Jobs

Elizabeth Dobbins edobbins@lowellsun.comMay 18, 2019

LOWELL — Only 10 days passed before the first and second hearing for the Lowell Public Schools budget, but circumstances changed, dramatically.

Between the two hearings in Lowell, the state Senate Committee on Ways and Means introduced a budget that would increase funding for the district by about $3 million over the state’s House of Representatives budget.

This funding is not a guarantee and the district likely won’t know the final sum for weeks — Gov. Charlie Baker didn’t sign the current year’s budget until nearly a month into the fiscal year, which started July 1, 2018. But for now the School Committee is banking on receiving at least a portion of these extra funds, foregoing several unpopular position cuts.

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