Views on Pittsfield Public Schools bu...

Views on Pittsfield Public Schools budget cuts vary

There are 6 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jun 28, 2013, titled Views on Pittsfield Public Schools budget cuts vary. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

In the aftermath of a last-minute decision by the City Council to chop $200,000 from the next school budget, conflicting images of school spending in Pittsfield emerged.

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the city I hate

United States

#1 Jun 29, 2013
Maybe if they close the windows at PHS in the middle of the winter it may save fuel. And on another subject, has the mysterious case of the missing $9,000 from PHS ever been solved? Also, what was all that nonsense from scary Barry during the budget hearing about the wild spending spree at the end of the school year? It sounding like much more than $200,000 could have been cut from the budget.
Overspending

Pittsfield, MA

#2 Jun 29, 2013
Scary Barry is right. If his numbers were right there was more than 200,000 to cut. He barely got the cut though. The others are chickens.
Johnny Taxpayer

Pittsfield, MA

#3 Jun 29, 2013
Everyone knows that they pad the budget a few hundred thousand then cut it later to make it appear they are "doing something" about the waste and fraud. Then they get the newspaper to write editorials complaining about how the kids are being cheated. Do they really think they're still getting away with it?
Crooks in a Row

Pittsfield, MA

#4 Jun 29, 2013
You could slice 5 million from that budget and it would not effect Bob and Mary Sue if the right people were managing it. As it is however, the pan handlers overseeing that money pit have a pretty awesome shell game going on. And they don't want the taxpayers getting one red cent of it back.(even if some of them may lose their homes)
Thanks Alf..thanks Miss Yon...thanks Conant
Demagogue

Pittsfield, MA

#5 Jun 29, 2013
Crooks in a Row wrote:
You could slice 5 million from that budget and it would not effect Bob and Mary Sue if the right people were managing it. As it is however, the pan handlers overseeing that money pit have a pretty awesome shell game going on. And they don't want the taxpayers getting one red cent of it back.(even if some of them may lose their homes)
Thanks Alf..thanks Miss Yon...thanks Conant
"shell game" appears appropriate.
the city I hate

United States

#6 Jun 29, 2013
Really, what's the worst that can happen? Third graders won't be able to read at a third grade level? Or the pregnancy rate in Pittsfield will double? Or maybe there'll be a fraud of allegedly nearly a half a million in the water department and no one will be held accountable for it. Or maybe cutting the budget would jeopardize the Third Thursday melees with several cops on OT. Or maybe tourist won't flock to Pittsfield's multi million streetscape cultural district and flood the taxpayer subsidized farmers market or the eateries, theaters, and upscale shops, enriching them with bags of gold and silver acquired from trusted gold and silver dealers in the area. Or maybe the real threat to the survival of Pittsfield will be a drive-through at a coffee shop and have nothing to do with the budget.

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