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Letter: Time to bring cost control to ConVal School District - Jan. 31, 2013

To the editor:

A note of appreciation for Gail Cromwell of Temple and Mark Fernald of Sharon for making the effort to draft and obtain the required signatures on a petition that should help resolve a portion of our out-of-control school costs.

Our school board and administration have spent unknown tax dollars over the past months to accomplish “0”. Now if we could draft a potion to eliminate the annual loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars, which has been ongoing for years, by resolving the operation of the food service program.

ConVal is in a time of transition; student enrollment is declining yearly: school year 2002/2003 had approximately 3,250 students at a cost of $10,000 each; school year 2013/2014 has a projected 2,250 students at a cost of $19,726 each.

Something is wrong when the student population declines annually and the staffing costs skyrocket. The current budget for the administration has 24 personnel at a cost of $2,107,973 which does not include any of the benefits. In addition some staff members received four weeks vacation after one year and five weeks after four years. Is there any question why we are out of control?

The largest single cost on your property tax bill is the ConVal portion. As we watch the tax bill escalate, there is one thing you can do to slow its growth. Attend the school district meeting, part one, at South Meadow School on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Your participation is important.

Albert Burtt

Greenfield

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