Budget cuts mean teachers could be eliminated

I wasn’t able to attend last week’s school committee meeting, but the Metrowest Daily News was there, and they report Southborough teachers could be eliminated due to budget cuts.

Superintendent Charles Gobron said at the meeting that two teachers and four aides could be cut. The cuts would most likely happen through attrition, not through lay-offs.

In December, Gobron presented a below-level-services budget of $16.4 million for fiscal year 2010, a 3.8% increase over the current year’s budget. The budget approved last week by the school committee was further trimmed to $16.2 million, or 2.5% over the current year.

Some other highlights (low-lights?) from the budget:

  • The cost of full-day kindergarten will increase from $2,000 to $2,500 per year.
  • Trottier students will pay a $25 yearly activity fee to offset costs (Is this new? Does Trottier currently have an activity fee? Anyone know?)

The budget requires approval from voters at Town Meeting. Read the full article in the Metrowest Daily News.

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