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Dealing with state bus edict

Tantasqua lays out options for recouping cuts

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November 17, 2009
STURBRIDGE — In the wake of an $18 million reduction in regional school district transportation handed down from Beacon Hill recently, the Tantasqua Regional School District is weighing two very heavy options in attempts to offset their share of that burden.

According to Tantasqua Superintendent Daniel G. Durgin, the district's state reimbursement for transportation has been reduced from almost complete to only 29 percent over the last year. This most recent reduction equates to a loss of $226,000 on top of more than $140,000 that was cut from the district earlier in the summer.

As fees cannot be charged for regional transport, Durgin said a portion of that difference will have to be made up through the five district towns' assessments.

"I did send out a letter to the towns, all five communities," Durgin said at a meeting of the Tantasqua Regional School Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 17. "I kind of warned them of the new assessments based on these figures to prepare them a little for what's coming on the towns' side."

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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