When it comes to shouldering the costs for students attending Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School next year, the load for Sandwich, Falmouth, Marion and Wareham is getting a little lighter. The load for Bourne is set to get heavier.
The Upper Cape Regional Technical School Committee unanimously approved a new $12.4 million budget for the coming school year. Town assessments were sent out Tuesday morning after the Monday night decision.
As voted, Bourne’s assessment for the coming year will be $2.9 million, up from $2.1 million this year. The Sandwich assessment came in at $1.8 million, down from $1.9 million; Falmouth’s was $2.3 million, down from $2.5 million; Wareham’s was $2.7 million, down from $2.9 million; and Marion was assessed at $197,227, down from $221,170.
These assessments are primarily based on the number of students who come from each of the participating towns. Enrollment numbers from the past October are used to determine the amount. The number of Bourne students attending UCT jumped from 138 to 193 during the past year.
Sandwich enrollment was down from 131 to 117 students; Falmouth enrollment was also down, from 156 to 145 students; Wareham’s enrollment dropped from 248 to 236 students; and Marion decreased its enrollment from 13 to 12.
The assessment decrease is good news to Sandwich Town Administrator George H. Dunham. “The assessment voted Monday night was about $270,000 less than the figure we were using,” he said. “In that sense it will help us try to balance our FY15 budget. Our school department is looking for an increase that still has us in deficit. I was asked by the selectmen to try to find a way to balance the budget without an override for the school department, so that’s what I’m working on [and this helps].”
Asked for comment yesterday, Bourne Town Administrator Thomas M. Guerino said he has yet to receive information about the assessment from UCT.