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School panel cuts $305K from budget

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August 26, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — The day after its chairman made a strong case for sharing the fiscal burdens during lengthy Town Council dispute partly about school funding, the School Committee voted to approve $305,000 in cuts.

Chairman Jack Jovan said the new trimmings include $123,180 for math coaches at West Street and Wells, $24,000 in library books, two retiring teachers ($100,000) that won't be replaced, and lesser expenses. This latest round brings the total sliced from the district's fiscal 2010 budget to about $717,000.

Jovan, however, said he hopes some of the cuts will be temporary. Because the district is applying for federal stimulus act funding, it expects to be able to shuffle some money around to free up at least enough to restore the Wells School resource officer, he said.

"The stimulus money is really program-related, not people-related," and as a one-time source, it's not wise to use it for staff, he added.

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