The first stanza in Bourne's budgetary blues played out last week when it was learned each 1 percent of pay hikes afforded teachers and school custodians in contract talks this year means the system will have to trim its fiscal 2007 level-funded budget request by $140,000.
Superintendent of Schools Edmond LaFleur, with this in mind, said layoffs and reductions throughout the system are likely next year unless there is an infusion of revenue. He said no money has been budgeted to cover any pay increases.
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Citing health problems, Sandwich School Committee Chairman Jim Foley has resigned.
Foley referred to his health issues as "problem solving 101" and admitted that he believes his well-being was being impacted by the negative atmosphere surrounding town government.
"I see a community that has turned very vicious and very nasty," said Foley. "This is not the Sandwich I know. This isn't the way it used to be.
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