To the Editor:
This year the School Committee was asked by the town officials to develop a level funded budget. With much effort and using many one-time resources, they did just that; voting a budget with no override, not one penny added to the tax bills. But now some town officials want more: asking for an additional $500,000 from the school's emergency fund, bringing its level below the state and audit recommended 3 percent, while the towns are maintaining levels at or above 3 percent in their own emergency funds. Where is the trust and goodwill in that?
We have spent lots of time, money and energy on many school audits that have found no glaring fraud or mismanagement. Hopefully some true areas for savings will emerge, but it won’t be this year.
It is time that we come together and vote in support of our schools and towns to end all this divisiveness and ask all our elected officials to end the fighting over the budgets. Really, isn’t Enough Enough already?
Please come out to Town Meeting, and bring your neighbors, to ensure that our schools have enough to meet their budgetary needs this year and next. Wenham Town Meeting will be held May 7 at the Buker School from 1-3 p.m. and Hamilton Town Meeting will be held May 14 at the high school from 9 a.m.-noon. Hope to see your there!