“It’s For the Children”: Legitimate Plea or Nice Window Dressing?
On Friday, Andrew highlighted a letter to the editor laying out some of the issues that has prompted the June 9 Referendum, at which the town will decide whether to cut the school fund property tax appropriation (not the entire school budget) by 2.7%.
This sign, urging a “no” vote on the cut, has popped up in some locations around town. It incorporates a theme that A.R. readers may be familiar with.
Below, however, are the budget cuts which Superintendent Robert Hicks has recommended to the School Committee should the referendum pass.
Custodial Supervision: $80,000
2 Teaching Assistants: $60,000
HVAC Technician: $50,000
Middle School athletics: $60,000
Grade 7/8 math position (stimulus): $75,000
P accounts (texts, supplies, materials): $100,000
Ed Programs (CARES, FCE, Smile): $50,000
1.0 Elementary Band: $75,000
0.5 Elementary Strings: $40,000
1.0 Middle School Guidance: $75,000
2.0 HS (Language, Art, FCS, Tech-Ed): $150,000
2.0 Support (Psych, OT, SLP, PT, SW): $150,000
Maintenance Supplies: $40,000
0.6 K-5 Art, Library, Music reductions: $60,000
Undesignated Fund Maximization: $125,000
And an excerpt from the memo explaining the rationale.
However, at this stage I compile a list not of what we should reduce, but what we can reduce. We still need to operate our classrooms, heat our buildings, and remain safe. We still need to uphold laws and regulations and honor our contractual obligations.