Brewer School Committee Reads Proposed 2014 Budget 

The superintendent of Brewer schools says he is facing “awful” options when it comes to putting forth a balanced budget, but says it’s his duty to do so.Monday the Brewer school committee gathered for the first reading of their $20.3 million proposed proposed budget for 2014.They’re dealing with a $563,000 budget gap, compounded by a proposed shift of financial liabilities from the state, most noteably through a transfer of teacher retirement costs. A balanced budget could mean the elimination of 14 school department positions.The employees at risk of layoffs have been notified. The district named an occupational therapist, 2 elementary teachers, an elemnentary music teacher, a PE teacher, guidance counselor, and a high school art teacher as potential cuts.One student spoke passionately to the committee about the importance of arts in public school.The school committee is asking the city for a 21.5% increase in financial contributions, which would likely mean a property tax hike.They will meet to discuss the budget with the city council on May 20th.Voters also have to approve the budget in a referendum vote in order to pass.