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Mary Curtin, et al.: Northampton schools need help to preserve quality

To the editor:

As members of the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School Council, we felt it was important to weigh in on the recent discussion about the budgetary shortfalls affecting our schools.

In these difficult times, it can feel overwhelming and it may be tempting to suggest cuts at other schools or programs as a possible solution. However, we must stay united and call this problem what it is, a revenue problem.

How is it OK that the schools are getting $654,323 less from the state than we did 10 years ago while our budget has gone up $7,045,039?

How can we expect to continue to run quality schools when every year we get cut? The proposed loss of 16 teachers next year is unacceptable and would have terrible consequences for our schools. Therefore, we want to add our voice with Yes! Northampton and the mayor in support of a Proposition 2½ override.

This is the only way to prevent these cuts and continue to preserve our quality educational system. In addition, we understand that this is only a short-term solution and that we must work with state Rep. Peter Kocot and other legislators to support responsible taxation to maintain our essential services.

Please support An Act to Invest in Our Communities, also known as HB 2553, so that we don’t have to continue this trend of cutting our schools and city programs every year.

Mary Curtin

Jason Berg

Tom Davidson

Robert McLaughlin

Northampton

The writers are members of the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School Council.

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