School Committee Roundup: Transportation Woes In Attleboro, Elementary School To Reopen In Braintree

School Committee Roundup: Transportation Woes In Attleboro, Elementary School To Reopen In Braintree

At a school committee meeting in Attleboro last night concerns were raised over school busing costs, writes The Sun Chronicle.

The city is in the midst of a bitter dispute that may leave the school department without enough money to fund transportation, according to the newspaper.

About $3 million approved for school busing by the city council won’t be enough to pay for busing students through the school year, Superintendent Ken Sheehan told the school committee Monday night.

The debate over school busing costs boiled over into a political donnybrook after repeated deficits in the school transportation budget prompted councilors to voice disgust and cut $400,000 from the transportation portion of the budget.

Sheehan, when asked whether the school department could get by on $3 million for school busing, said the schools would not be able to meet their obligation to transport students.

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The reopening of an elementary school was declared “ready to go” last night at the Braintree Public Schools school committee meeting, says The Patriot Ledger.

The reopening of the Monatiquot school is on schedule after a summer of renovations and teacher hirings, the newspaper writes.

The first day of class will be Sept. 3 for grades 1 through 9, Sept. 4 for grades 10 through 12 and Sept. 9 for kindergartners at Monatiquot.

The town will operate five full-day and 12 half-day classes at the kindergarten center. Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Superintendent Maureen Murray said it will free up space at other schools.

Murray reported to the committee that the kindergarten center has already enrolled 134 full-day youngsters and 147 for the half-day program.

Together with the hiring of 14 additional teachers, the Monatiquot reopening is “another step toward managing our class sizes,” Sullivan said.