The Medford School Committee passed a $44.9 million budget last night after a marathon public hearing, the superintendent said today.
The committee adjourned about 12:15 a.m., said Superintendent Roy Belson in a phone interview. The vote on the budget was unanimous.
The $44.9 bottom line is a $1.7 million increase over last year, but remains about $800,000 shy of level-funding services because of increased fixed costs.
In addition to the total, Mayor Michael McGlynn committed to raising about $124,000 in outside money to supplement cuts to the athletics department and a host of other positions and services, including support services at Medford High School, partial restoration of kindergarten and library aides, and a part-time roving school nurse.
Also, about $15,000 of the expected extra money will go to partially restore previously proposed cuts to equipment maintenance at the vocational school and student activities funding.
"This is a significant balancing act that took place," said Belson, adding that this was perhaps the toughest year after a string of reductions in state aid in previous budget cycles.
"It was good hearing," he said. "And we managed to put a few more things back."
Next, the budget will go to the Medford City Council, which is expected tonight to evaluate and vote on it, along with the wider municipal budget.