Granby school budget problems could force cuts to jobs, student programs

Hampshire County

The Granby School Committee passed a budget that meets their needs for the next fiscal year Wednesday night, but voters will have to approve hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for that to become a reality.

With nearly half a million dollars needed to fully fund the next school year, the Granby School Committee said junior varsity sports programs could be cut, teaching positions lost, and funding could be diminished for clubs and departments.

“If you have a gap in your budget, then you have to be able to explain what is going to be affected should there not be sufficient funding coming from the town meeting,” a member of the committee told 22News. “We may have to move some things around so there is really nothing concrete.”

The school district’s budget shortfall is just under half a million dollars. The Select Board and the Finance Committee said they’ll support a town budget that includes $200,000 for the school district.

Residents will vote separately on the remaining $297,000 needed to fully fund the school’s budget. Some residents worry cutting the school budget sends a bad message.

“You would probably lose Granby residents, you wouldn’t have people come into Granby, especially for the kids that are trouble, they wouldn’t have anything to keep them out of trouble, the sports are a big thing for them,” said Brianna Shea of Granby.

The final vote on the budget and additional school district funding will take place at the June 11 town meeting.

The town is also set to discuss long-term plans to address school funding needs in June.

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