GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – New funding for the Granby school budget will result in fewer teacher layoffs.
After weeks of protesting teacher layoffs and program cuts, there is some good news for the town of Granby. Superintendent Sheryl Stanton told 22News they’ll only need to lay off five teaching positions. Down from 9.4.
At a recent town meeting, an extra nearly 350,000 was approved for the school’s budget. That brings their total budget for the year up to $7.9-million. Still less than last year, and the extra money may not be enough to solve the problem of low enrollment.
“We’ve had a lot of people leave in the past few years from my grade and my brother’s grade,” said recent graduate Hannah Remillard. “They are leaving for better school systems so hopefully with the money we will be able to keep the students in the town of Granby.”
Superintendent Sheryl Stanton told 22News low enrollment is a problem facing many rural school districts. She said she appreciates the town support and understands they need a more permanent fix.
“It was a healthy debate at town meeting. Certainly everyone understands that this is an issue that is going to be facing Granby as we move forward. Funding is a concern. We’ve talked about funding at the state level and how that funding for Chapter 70 is under review,” said Superintendent Stanton.
The extra funding means Granby will be reinstating elementary school band and chorus and that class sizes will be smaller. Superintendent Stanton told 22News they haven’t notified the staff which positions will be reinstated yet, but she said the Principal position will remain out of the budget.