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June 17, 2013

Schools trim $3M from new budget

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Assistant Superintendent Brandi Kwong told the School Committee last month the tutors are to address sagging MCAS scores in grades three, four and five.

Reading tutors would be expanded to all schools in the lower level grades.

School Committee members met with Scannell the first week of June, and she released the new proposal last Monday. Scannell and committee members said the meetings were constructive and produced an acceptable spending blueprint.

“I’m happy with the new budget,” School Committee vice chairman Evan Chaisson said. “I would like to see in the future Methuen spend a little more on schools. We’ll make it with these numbers. Our class sizes won’t increase, teachers will still have all their supplies and everything they need.”

Mayor Stephen Zanni signaled as soon as the original $80.8 million proposal was unveiled that it would need to be reduced to the state’s minimum requirement. After reviewing the revision, he said it is one the city can work with and still includes new initiatives aimed at improving student performance.

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