North Adams Schools Preparing for Dire Budget Cuts
The North Adams School Department is preparing three scenarios for budget reductions in anticipation of expected cuts in state education aid because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business Administrator Carrie Burnett presented the School Committee with 10 percent, 12.5 percent and 15 percent of across the board reductions on Tuesday night.
The committee will be holding a workshop on Monday to discuss ways to meet the second and third targets.
The first option, at 10 percent, would be a budget cut of $1,803,408. With estimated offsets of $1,196,049 from stimulus money, school choice funds, federal grants and special education tuition, the spending reduction would be $607,359.
Second scenario at 12.5 percent would be cut of $2,254,259. Using the same estimated offsets, the spending reduction would be $1,058,210 and would require cuts in educational staffing.
The third at 15 percent would be a $2,705,111 cut, for a total of $1,509,062 in budget reductions.
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