Despite all the cuts, there was still a significant gap, and in order to balance the budget the School Committee decided to cut $49,199 from the AHS heating budget. Farrell also estimates that the schools could save somewhere around $30,000 on health insurance as a result of the layoffs.
Just prior to the vote, the School Committee members each expressed their disappointment with how the budget turned out, and Stanley Schwartz said he believes the process was a failure on many levels and the committee should make a point to conduct it more effectively next year.
“They, the faculty and the administration, deserve better. We should not be coming up with a final budget on the second to last day of school,” Schwartz said. “We’ve got neighbor pitted against neighbor, SPED pitted against regular education, the school pitted against other city departments. This should never have happened.”