Sandwich town officials this week are slated to take the final procedural steps prior to the May 5 Annual Town Meeting.
At 7:45 PM Thursday, April 17, the board of selectmen is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposed town $70.5 million annual operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The proposed budget is $1.7 million, or 1.9 percent, higher than the town’s current operating budget.
The document includes $440,750 in additional funding requested by the Sandwich School Committee to start a new school inside the high school for 7th and 8th grade students in the district. The school will be known as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy, or STEM.
The selectmen voted April 3 to approve the proposed budget, which was prepared by town manager George H. Dunham. The finance committee signed off on the budget two days earlier on April 1.
The selectmen also are scheduled Thursday to sign the proposed Annual Town Meeting warrant for posting in public locations in the town.
The warrant, which consists of 24 articles, was approved earlier this month by the board.
The selectmen voted in executive session April 3 to approve Article 12, which concerns a proposed agreement by the town to cut the value of the NRG Energy power plant by $60 million to $100 million over a four-year period. The board confirmed that vote in public session during its meeting last week.