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Jara Malikin-Sirois, Monet Singh, Ed Weisman & Doug Wheat: Northampton has made case for June 25 override

To the editor:

As members of the Leeds School Council, we want to encourage people to vote yes on the Proposition 2½ override on June 25. If you are going to be out of town, please request an absentee ballot from the Northampton city clerk.

The override is necessary to preserve the quality services that have made Northampton such a desirable place to live and raise children. Without the override, teaching and police positions will be eliminated, which will impact all students and potentially compromise public safety. School cuts include the substantial loss of music and art programs at the high school and middle school, cuts in physical education at the elementary schools, the elimination of busing at the high school, significant cuts in special education and the additional loss of books and supplies to meet basic needs at all levels.

We believe the mayor and City Council are working diligently to control costs and are looking for ways to generate revenue from new sources, efforts we hope continue. We encourage people to view the budget and supporting documents on the city’s website.

Please support our schools, students and community by voting yes.

Jara Malikin-Sirois, Monet Singh,

Ed Weisman, Doug Wheat


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