Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Questions from City Council: reductions

Councilor Rushton: five areas of reducing?

(You've seen the report.)

What about transportation, as Councilor Germaine suggested?
We're renegotiating our contracts soon. We maximize use of WRTA when we legally can, but are more looking at transportation cost for out-of-district.

Are we looking at cutting bus routes for those close to school?

No, says the superintendent, as that would cut our attendance in middle and high schools. Levying fees wouldn't be workable as we have so many of our kids are on free and reduced lunch.

The traffic that would result would result in daily gridlock.

The real problem, he continues, is in state reimbursement. State relief for regional systems and special education is needed.

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