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Facing A $2 Million Budget Gap, Springfield School Officials Seek Public's Advice

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    As lawmakers on Beacon Hill debate ways to reform the state’s more than 25-year old school funding formula, officials are starting to write a new budget for the largest school district in western Massachusetts.

   The Springfield Public School Department is seeking public input through an online survey.

   It asks people to identify vital programs and make suggestions on where spending cuts should be made, if necessary.

   Based on current estimates of expenses and revenues, there is a $2 million gap in the budget. 

   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Christopher Collins, vice chairman of the Springfield School Committee.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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