The quote from Superintendent Scherza just kind of says it all: “It is really not a good time to be a child living in Cranston and going to the Cranston schools.” The Cranston schools are projecting between an $8 and $16 million dollar deficit, and that’s on top of the $3.8 million they still need for this year. They will only be $8 million dollars in the hole if the Mayor raises taxes by the full 5% and gives every dime of it to the schools.
It also doesn’t appear to be a very good time to be a teacher in Cranston, although those who get to keep their jobs will probably continue to do okay. But I wouldn’t count on any 4.5% raises in this contract go-around.
[...] They did not propose specific cuts last night. But in recent interviews, School Committee members have emphasized that nearly everything is on the table.
Layoffs are a possibility; the committee could cut some or all of the school systemâ€™s athletic program; and the district might even require more students to walk to school, to cut transportation costs. [full text]
It will be sad to see some of the great programming cut from the Cranston schools.