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March 22, 2013

Schools seek spending increase

School board girds for fight over money

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“We’ve seen a lot of increases in the workload, from the polling, legislation, data collection and reporting, expansion of MCAS, reporting out school improvement plans and evaluations, meanwhile during that time our staffing has decreased,” Angerhofer said. “Under that kind of environment the education will get compromised, and children will bare the brunt of it”

After the audience was finished making its comments, the School Committee members thanked everyone for coming but cautioned that it would be a difficult proposition to get all the increases they want approved by the City Council.

“Our list was much larger than this, but given the current economic climate, we were forced to narrow our list down,” said committee member Gale Hanshaw.

Aware that the political climate in Amesbury right now is against budget increases of any kind, committee member Stanley Schwartz closed the public hearing by urging those in attendance to call their city councilors and legislators, and offered some fighting words to those who would prefer to shut their door, complain about taxes and then complain again when the fire department takes too long to get to their house.

“They can’t have their cake and eat it too,” Schwartz said. “So which community is it? The community you see here? Or a community that shuts its door and says ‘let me go read my Ayn Rand book, leave me alone, don’t bother me with the taxes and go fix my street.’”

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