Michael Aronson: Prescriptions for budget cuts in Amherst schools
To the editor:
To fill the Amherst Regional School District’s budget gap this coming fiscal year without affecting direct services, the Amherst School Committee should consider:
• Requiring summer furloughs for administrators not directly involved with student services.
• Requiring administrators to teach classes, coach teams or otherwise participate in the provision of direct services.
• Making sports intramural rather than interscholastic to eliminate transportation costs, or cutting altogether sports that are simply too expensive
• Trimming administrative staff by 25 percent through attrition over the next five years.
Creative application of a combination of these measures would likely fill much of the budget gap without degrading essential educational resources available to students.