February 16, 2010
Andover school leaders have checked and double checked the budget, trying to save money without hurting education. Cuts at the state level are too steep. "It's very difficult to tell somebody who's doing a good job that due to budget cuts...your position won't exist next year", said Andover superintendent Mark Evans.
Andover is looking at laying off 65 people and making kids pay to participate. It's not just the schools that are affected. Nearly 100 people came to Andover Central High School to learn how state cuts will affect them.
Legislators have to cut $400 million from the state budget. Disabled, elderly and school programs are all on the chopping block. "The cuts look bad, they're not going to be getting any better, I think our voices can be heard", said Andover parent Patty Pullman.
The Andover School Board is expected to vote on the cuts in a couple of weeks.