The school district will receive an additional $2.6 million to cover essential services following a City Council vote Monday.
The council passed the additional funds with little discussion, unlike during a Finance Committee meeting in which City Council President Patricia Pope called the supplemental funds "unnaceptable."
In that meeting, Pope called the School Committee’s budget an abomination and embarrassment before the committee voted to recommend the funds to fill out the school budget.
The additional $2,581,967 represents a 5.3 percent increase over the FY '13 appropriated school budget of $50,852,532. The funds cover five major areas that include additional curriculum costs and special education expenditures.
City Councilor, and Finance Committee Chair, Michael Ossing reminded the council again during the meeting that this represents an increase that will carry over mostly into the next fiscal year. Only $400,000 of the nearly $2.6 million increase are one time costs, he said.