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Gill-Montague Regional Schools

G-M budget passes, slashed to fit town estimates

Cuts equivalent of 11 full-time jobs, including Spanish program and a math teacher

TURNERS FALLS — The budget that will go to the Gill and Montague town meetings this spring is tailored to the affordable assessment estimate from each, with multiple staff cuts.

The budget, in the amount of $17,286,612, cuts the equivalent of 11 full-time positions — several of those on the block are part-time positions, so the impact will be wider — and adds three positions deemed essential by administrators.

The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee approved the budget Tuesday night.

Cut from the budget are districtwide math and literacy teacher “coaches,” a special education team leader, a half-time clerical position in the business office, a custodian, the high school Spanish teacher and a high school math teacher, a high school graduation counselor and the equivalent of four full-time paraprofessionals. An adjustment counselor cut in an earlier scenario was returned to the budget.

The new positions created in the budget are full-time health teacher for the Great Falls Middle School, a literacy coach to be assigned to the Montague Elementary School and a behavior expert for the elementary schools.

Superintendent Michael Sullivan said cuts to the budget are significant and even harmful, but were calculated to do the least possible harm and not slow the district’s momentum.

Assessments come to $8,104,381 from Montague and $1,434,728 from Gill.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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