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March 14, 2014

SPED, school hiring are biggest concerns

Schools working to narrow $1.3 million deficit


“I don’t want my child in a class that has 22 children in it. I know, because I go into that class. I volunteer my time to help.”

Rick Livingstone of Lovejoy Road had a harsher comment for those frustrated with the budget’s size. He pointed to what he believes is evidence that the elementary school system is failing the town’s children, saying the deficiencies in education start showing up around the sixth grade.

“My kids came back with their progress report, so I had them independently tested. My tenth-grader is three levels behind, proficiency and acumen,” Livingstone said. “I tested my other two kids. They’re two grade levels behind in math and reading.”

The budget is slated to go before the public again at a budget hearing on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. The hearing will be held at the School Committee’s meeting room on the second floor of the School Administration Building, located above the Senior Center on Whittier Court.

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