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Sudbury cuts unveiled

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 7, 2008 10:04 PM

With town meeting opting to make no changes to the non-override budget, all of the town-wide budget cuts will be made unamended as reported in Sunday's Globe West.

That means that even with the additional $225,000 Sudbury K-8 schools will receive, cuts will include:
* At least 10 full time teaching and staff positions in the Lincoln-Sudbury School District;
* At least 21 full time teaching and staff positions in the Sudbury K-8 School District, including funding for 7.5 classroom teachers, 4 music/art/language teachers, seven teaching assistants, and two secretaries, and;
* Two current vacancies on the police department that will not be filled.

Police officer and firefighter overtime budgets will also be cut.

In an effort to curb some of the fallout in the schools, the town's finance committee said that fees will rise across the board.

In Sudbury K-8 schools, bus fees will nearly double, while sports fees and student activity fees will also rise dramatically. In the Lincoln-Sudbury School District, student parking fees will go from $200 to $280 next year, the activities fee will go from $35 to $45, and the athletics fee will rise from $165 to $200.

-- John Guilfoil

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