Boston parents prepare to protest school budget cuts

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The possible cuts, which vary from school to school, include classroom aides and other positions, supplies and materials, and funding for specialized programs such as Playworks, which provides organized games and activities at recess as a supplement to physical education.

One of the hardest-hit schools could be the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, which may have to reduce spending by $550,000. The plan calls for cutting 14 positions, including a music teacher, a bilingual parent coordinator, and community field coordinators who deal with discipline. “It’s going to be catastrophic, and not just at the Curley,” said Heshan Berents-Weeramuni, cochairman of the school site council at the Curley.

Dozens of parents are planning to turn out at Wednesday night’s School Committee meeting when interim Superintendent John McDonough is scheduled to officially unveil his budget proposal for the next school year, which is expected to be $973 million.

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