NARRAGANSETT–Superintendent Sipala and the school committee met Wednesday to discuss the fiscal year 2012 Narragansett School System budget and to identify areas for further discussion. The budget proposal, which represents a cut already to what was requested by administrators, attempts to use remaining federal grant money (and other revenue sources including federal grant money) towards district goals while maintaining academic achievement. The school has reduced staff since 2003, however, the proposed list of "non-renewal" of staff and educators generated questions from School Committee Chairperson, Tammy McNeiece.
"This list is pretty extensive," she said. "This is affecting a lot more people than it did last year...It is very upsetting to do this. I wish there was a way to bring some closure to this sooner because certainly not all of the people will be out of the job but these people are going to be in limbo. You don't know where you are going to be. I understand it but I am not happy about it."
We are doing this in an attempt to be responsive to the realities," Sipala responded. Throughout the discussion, the superintendent repeatedly described "a difficult budget environment" and the need to "make difficult choices."
A long held statue holds that by March 1, the school committee must notify teachers and staff who may lose positions due to performance or budget constraints.
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