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School funding focus of Framingham public hearing

Posted by Martin Finucane March 30, 2007 09:47 AM

FRAMINGHAM

Students and parents packed the School Committee meeting last night to make their voices heard in the debate over budget cuts.

Framingham's school district has a $1.9 million gap to make up. Proposals include cutting the district's gifted and talented program, eliminating 22 custodial positions, and reducing the number of full-time librarians and library aides.

The public split on the potential for a Proposition 2 1/2 override, with some suggesting that it may be necessary, and others rejecting the idea. One person said a tax hike would be a "band-aid on a hemorrhage."

State Representative Pam Richardson, Representative Tom Sannicandro, and Senator Karen Spilka, all Democrats, attended and said they are working to bring more money to Framingham. Spilka said there could be a bill outlining additional funding to local communities as soon as next week.

-- Adam Sell

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