Tewksbury residents who want to voice their opinions on how the school committee should handle an expected $750,000 reduction in the Fiscal Year 2012 school department budget should plan on attending Wednesday night's School Committee meeting at the Wynn Middle School.
School committee members and school administrators will allow residents to speakout during a public hearing at the outset of the 7:30 p.m. meeting, which will be held in the Wynn School library.
Reductions in state aide and rising costs in areas like salaries and health care costs have forced the school committee to look at ways to reduce next year's budget by an anticipated $750,000. At the two most recent school committee meetings Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor and school committee members have discussed a varierty of ways to cut costs, including laying off teachers and administrative aides.
The committee has also considered the elimination of non-essential school programs and has discussed rasing user fees for athletics and other extra-curricular activities from the present level of $150.00 per season to as much as $250.00 per season.
It is not neccessary to register in advance to speak at the public hearing.