WESTPORT — Superintendent Colleen Palmer proposed a cut of 18 school employees and a budget increase of 2.22 percent for the 2019-20 school year in a document made available to the public at Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Teachers will bear the greatest burden of the employee cuts in Palmer’s recommended $118,755,980 budget, which suggest eliminating six regular teachers next school year.

The next biggest employee cut would be for support teachers: 3.5 full-time equivalent support teachers will be ousted in Palmer’s budget.

Some cuts, including the loss of one administrator and one library and media teacher, are credited to the closing of Coleytown Middle School and the consequent move to house all of town’s middle school students at Bedford Middle School next year.

The budget additionally proposes a cut of two FTE special-education paraprofessionals. An addition of one support teacher and one security aide for the middle school are also proposed in the plan.

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