Letter: Functional schools for the cost of a cup of coffee

Published: 8/14/2020 12:10:41 AM
Modified: 8/14/2020 12:10:31 AM

Budget discussions too often devolve into hyperbole and ideology. Unfortunately, that is what is happening to the effort to pass a budget for the Hopkinton School District.

We do not have to take that path. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee a month, we can provide our schools the minimum resources needed to avoid the deep cuts a so-called “flat budget” would require, while taking seriously the economic pressure of these troubled times.

The latest school board budget proposal is nearly $500,000 less than the original May 16 proposal. This is now only a 1.8% increase over last year’s operating budget. The tax impact has dropped to $0.07 per $1,000 of property value; that is only $14 a year for a $200,000 home, or $21 a year for a $300,000 home.

That translates to less than the cost of a cup of coffee a month. For that cup, we can keep more academic course offerings at the high school; middle school sports; alcohol and substance misuse services; the wood technology training program; and more.

These examples illustrate the critical moment we are facing for our children. We must remember that public schools are for everyone. They form the heart of a healthy community, providing all children access to a bright and stable future. That is something certainly worth more than the cost of a cup of coffee a month.

FRANZ MATZNER and KEVIN DAVIS

Hopkinton


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