Holyoke City Councilor proposes to suspend school committee salaries

22News spoke with Holyoke City Councilors about the proposal to cut costs

Holyoke is receiving the most funding out of all western Massachusetts communities

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The School Committee hasn’t been able to make policy decisions for Holyoke Public Schools since July, but 22News found out 9 committee members are still making $5,000 a year.

Holyoke City Councilor Diosdado Lopez is proposing to change that at Tuesday night’s meeting. The City has to make cuts to balance the budget, which is why Lopez wants to suspend school committee member salaries, until the City regains control of the system.

Holyoke City Councilor Nelson Roman disagrees, saying the school committee still has a role to play. He said, “Parents, constituents, voters, they’re still actively engaged in our community, acting as if they have the full authority. Where I agree that we need to save the taxpayer money, I don’t believe this is the right way to do that.”

Councilor Lopez said he has nothing against the school committee; he’s proposing the change just for financial purposes. He said Holyoke can’t afford to pay anyone with no clear function or duty.

The City Council meets Tuesday night, but it’s unlikely any decision will be made.

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