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South Hadley, MA: $450K SPED overspend; 'no way out of this mess'

Dec 15, 2019, Springfield (MA) Republican: South Hadley schools begin superintendent search amid budget ‘mess’ https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/12/south-hadley-schools-begin-superintendent-search-amid-budget-mess.html SOUTH HADLEY — The School Committee on Wednesday will begin the process of finding a replacement for Superintendent Nicholas Young, who abruptly resigned last month. Young’s departure comes in the midst of financial troubles for the town’s schools. At a special Town Meeting Nov. 20, Young estimated the district would have a $2 million budget shortfall in the next fiscal year. Earlier that month, he told the school board, “You have no way out of this mess without an override.”… The Nov. 20 special Town Meeting approved adding $66,438 to the current year’s school budget. At the time, Young said that the district had a budget overrun of $450,000. He cited special education costs beyond what had been budgeted for the fiscal year that began July 1. Young said information about the extra money needed to close the gap “came in after the budget” was approved in May. He called them “unexpected expenditures.” Town Meeting member Linda Young questioned the request for $66,438, saying “This sum of money doesn’t come close to what the school department needs.” Young said the district was attempting to make up the difference using reserves, including money received from the school choice program. “Without additional revenues or an override, we will continue to whittle away at our programs and have to raise class sizes, and we are going to have to tighten up the number of programs we provide,” he said. …