Parent talks school cuts at council meeting

Jamaica Plain resident Kieran Fitzgibbon, who has a son at the Curley K-8 School, spoke at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meeting last month about cuts in funding at that school.

Fitzgibbon, who is part of a group of concerned Curley School parents, noted that funding is projected to be $6.2 million for 2013, a drop from $7.6 million in 2009. Fitzgibbon said this is despite the student population increasing from 685 in 2009 to an expected 824 in 2013.

Fitzgibbon also said the school has lost nine staff positions, including two computer teachers, two art teachers and a secretary. He commented that parent volunteers currently help run the school libraries because they have no librarians.

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