More than 100 Chicopee school officials could be fired

Chicopee school budget is short nearly $5 million

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Some Chicopee teachers and school officials will be losing their jobs. It’s an attempt to close a $4.8 million budget deficit.

Superintendent of Schools Richard Rege asked the Chicopee City Council for help Thursday night. He said the deficit keeps growing, in large part due to a lack of state funding, and higher operating costs.

Rege said up to 140 school officials could be out of a job next year, and more than 35 teachers as well.

“The number of teacher decreases and enrollment doesn’t change,” said Chicopee Comp teacher Jake Hullseberg. “You’re looking at larger classrooms, and teachers are going to do their best. If classrooms get larger, it’s hard to do your job.”

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos told 22News the City Council proposed raising taxes by $50 a year, to help cover some of the deficit. The council will vote on it June 30th.

The Superintendent said either way, layoff notices will go out in June, although he couldn’t say how many at this point.

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