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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.

Michael Aronson

Amherst

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