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Super suggests cuts to co-curricular activities

WESTPORT -While one position was dropped down from three days a week to two, there were no staff eliminations when Dr. John Gallagher presented his plan for the Westport Central School District.

On the chopping block during the March 24 meeting were after-school programs and any field trip that involves transportation.

"There are a lot of tough decisions that we have to make this year," Gallagher said. "We went line-by-line through the budget and cut whatever we could."

Some people attending the event were upset at where the cuts were coming from.

"I would respectfully disagree with your presentation," said Nikki Sudduth. "Doing away with co-curricular activities and field trips is not the way to go." "I know that my son was able to get a scholarship through his participation in the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Program to Quinnipiac and also get accepted into their business school," board member Sue Russell said. "That would not have happen with this program. These show our students on different stages than just in the classroom, so I share that concern."

Board member Thomas Kohler asked if there would be any type of field trips under the new budget.

"Any that they can walk to," Gallagher said.

"So your saying no more field trips," Kohler replied.

Gallagher and others on the board explained that students would still be able to take field trips in town for projects and other events, but that there would be no trips that required transportation or a registration fee.

"There are a few things that the students do in the community that do not require transportation," board member Jim Carroll said.

Gallagher said that the final decision on which co-curricular activities would lose funding would not be made until the administration had more information on their funding figures.

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