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Whitcomb Hirings OK'd as School Budget Gap Narrows

At the request of Mayor Arthur Vigeant, former City Auditor Barbara Durand is reviewing the 2012 school budget.

The School Committee has given the green light for hiring of teachers for the Whitcomb Middle School that will help keep classes from dramatically exceeding district standards.

The committee said positions for math, engineering and humanities teachers needed at Whitcomb can be posted and filled, but warned that doing so will mean that other cuts or revenue sources will need to be identified to close what is now an approximately $300,000 gap in the 2013 budget.

School officials had warned that class sizes at Whitomb could balloon to as high as 30 or 31 students if additional teachers were not hired.

The committee worried that delaying the approval further, until a July 26 meeting, would make it even more difficult to hire qualified teachers for the positions.

District Business Manager Adam Olivere said the recently signed 2013 state budget “has some good news” for Marlborough in it, including a fully funded circuit breaker account and funding for homeless student transportation.

Oivere said that with 21 teachers having retired or resigned in recent weeks, there may be savings realized as those positions are filled if the new hires have less experience. 

While School Committee member Kathleen Hennessy raised the prospect of asking the City Council for additional funding, Mayor Arthur Vigeant said it was too early to explore that option. He also revealed that former City Auditor Barbara Durand was reviewing the 2012 budget and would make recommendations for streamlining the budget process going forward. 

JM July 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM
If the children of those who don't pay taxes were not admitted to Marlborough schools, we would have small class sizes and more than sufficient funding. Just throwing that out there.
Paul Doucette July 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM
If the Federal and State Govs. enforced imigration laws we would not have this overcrowding problem. I bet close to half the students in the system are children that have parents that are here illegally.
Susie Homemaker July 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Interesting that the finds were no where to be found when Dr. Pope was in the picture. The poor fellow was hamstrung.
Susie Homemaker July 16, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The funds, not finds. Ooops.
Jordan August 22, 2012 at 09:49 AM
I agree.

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