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Another School Committee meeting, another budget discussion

By Levon Kinney


WILBRAHAM With another School Committee meeting comes another discussion of the budget.

At the Jan. 23, Hampden Wilbraham Regional School Committee meeting Superintendent Dr. Paul Gagliarducci discussed current issues with the budget and a preview of what will be presented at the next few meetings.

"We are working to stay within the guidelines presented by the towns," Gagliarducci explained.

Gagliarducci added that discretion is being used in buying new textbooks along with other supplies and investing in new technologies.

"You can expect a draft of the budget sometime around the next meeting," Gagliarducci said. "A full discussion of the budget is scheduled for the Feb. 27 meeting."


Committee member Peter Salerno spoke more about the subcommittee that he is forming to work on the policies of the district.

"There are some ambiguities in the current policies," Salerno said. "We would like to suggest or modify the change in school policy."


In the superintendents report Gagliarducci said that a parent orientation was scheduled for Jan. 24, to introduce the parents of eighth graders to Minnechaug Regional High School.

"An email from Wilbraham Selectmen David Barry discussed the status of sewer work that is planned for Main Street," Gagliarducci said.


Keeping with their tradition the School Committee presented Mary Goodwin, principal of Soule Road School, a copy of "Miracle on 49th Street".