School Budget

Westfield school superintendent "in agony" over upcoming budget cuts

As published on MassLive:

"Superintendent of Schools Shirley Alvira, calling the cut “the most painful experience I ever had,” told the School Committee Wednesday night that is must look at the closing of Juniper Park School, eliminating librarians at the middle and high school level, cutting art and music programs in all grades, eliminating 12 guidance counselors and athletic coaches and trainers systemwide to make up the shortfall."

We here at SWS are extremely alarmed at what's going on with our schools. We simply can't afford to shortchange our children like this.

Westfield School Committee approves $600,000 cut to school budget

In another round of bad news for Westfield's kids, the school committee approved a $52.4 million budget which is $600,000 less than last year's budget. This means we are looking at yet another loss of staff, around 24 people. This would bring the total amount of staff lost in the last 3 years to 98. That's 98 less people available to help educate our children. This is a tragedy!

Westfield schools to close Parkside Academy, facility aimed at students with special needs

 "The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."

- Hubert H. Humphrey 

Westfield schools budget will require elimination of 24 positions

SWS is not looking forward to the larger class sizes that these cuts will bring about. We are going to band together and do something about this, folks!

Westfield facing 'agonizing' decisions over school budget

SWS is very concerned about the continuing budget cuts to Westfield's school budget. This year's budget is already $2 million less than last year's budget. And it looks like more money is going to be lopped off next year's budget. This trend is not good and is of great concern to everyone who want to make sure our kids get a quality education.

Westfield needs to continue providing services despite anticipated state cuts, Mayor Daniel Knapik says

In a public meeting, Mayor Dan Knapik anticipates cuts to the city's budget in light of fewer tax revenue coming in to the state.

Westfield Officials to Take Conservative Approach to Contract Negotiations

As the economy remains in the doldrums, state tax receipts continue to be way down. City officials and workers knew it was going to be a tough negotiation year.

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