East Bridgewater: School department may be able to relieve some budget cuts

The East Bridgewater School Department is currently looking at ways to bring back certain positions and programs that were cut to meet their fiscal 2015 budget.

Jennifer Kitchenham, School Committee member and Budget Sub-Committee Chair, said the fifth and sixth grade Instrumental Music Program and the Middle School Guidance Counselor are at the top of the priority list, if money becomes available.

“I think the Guidance Counselor is a huge loss for the Middle School…that’s my priority at this point,” Kitchenham said.

Superintendent John Moretti has been very supportive in trying to assess what is most important to the community, according to Kitchenham.

Resident and parent Scott Zigler presented a letter to the School Committee Thursday night written by his fifth-grade daughter, Maya.

The letter urged the Committee to bring back the music program.

Zigler said his daughter got 118 students to sign the letter. ”A lot of them were High School students,” he said, ” [They] understood that where they were in music in High School they had only gotten to because they were able to start in fifth and sixth grade.”

Students in all grades have also been expressing concern about the program through emails to the School Committee.

“I was really moved that they had the courage to actually write an email to a School Committee,” Kitchenham said, “[They] really just advocated for [the program] saying that they were involved with it at a young age and that it made a difference in their life.”

If money does become available over the summer, Kitchenham said how it’s allocated would be up to the Administration first, and then it would be brought to the School Committee.



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About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.