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Greenwich Schools Superintendent Looks To Make Major Cuts

School Desks - File / Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

School Desks – File / Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - It doesn’t matter the perceived wealth of a town. Budgets are tight everywhere.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

In Greenwich, painful cuts could result in staff reductions in the school district’s central office.

There is pressure in the town to cap increases at two percent and the school superintendent has proposed a trimmed down budget that spares the classroom but calls for roughly $1 million in savings.

“They would have no dollars directly taken out of the schools, the local schools, the schools themselves, or positions taken out of the schools other than in a very very select case. The vast majority of the reductions will be at the central office,” Superintendent Dr. William McKersie said.

PTA Council President Lisa Beth Savitz talked to WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams about a recent meeting with town tax officials.

“They heard from many of our members a level of frustration about the things that not being done in the schools, even with the budget at the level that it has been at in recent years,” she said.

She said now is not the time to cut with buildings getting older and classrooms getting more crowded.

“You have parents feeling that there should probably be an increase in spending when you have town authorities talking about a decrease in spending,” she said.

She says any additional reductions could be damaging.

Specifics of the cuts are still being hammered out.

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