HUNTINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Several teachers are facing layoffs next month at the Gateway Regional Schools in Huntington. Governor Deval Patrick cut regional transportation by $18 million dollars and now the Gateway Regional School District will have to lower the districts budget for transportation by $250,000.
Two full-time and one part-time high school teacher, a middle school guidance counselor and three elementary school teachers could be laid off as a result, according to the schools Superintendent Dr. David Hopson. He’s asking teachers to offset the balance by accepting the loss of one day for parent teacher conferences.
“I’ve been meeting almost daily with the teachers and other associations,” he told 22News “Again I think with a little bit of cooperation I think we can all find a solution that will keep everybody in place.”
Dr. Hopson also says he hopes that Governor-Elect Charlie Baker doesn’t make any cuts to education in the upcoming year to offset the states billion dollar budget deficit.