WESTFORD -- The School Committee on Monday night discussed the moving around of funds for additional costs associated with the new Westford Academy bleachers, bus-overflow woes and a local sports group's fundraiser.
* Member Margaret Murray asked about the additional cost incurred by the district in assembling new bleachers at Trustees Field at Westford Academy. The district said it spent nearly $40,000 more than approved at Town Meeting when the bids came back higher than expected. The $588,400 final project, approved at just $550,000 by voters, will result in some shifting around of funds, according to Superintendent of Schools Everett "Bill" Olsen. He said he'd have a recommendation for the School Committee to review at the next meeting Sept. 23.
* Chairman of the School Committee David Keele recognized the efforts of the Westford-Littleton Community Crew team. Keele said the group had more than 500 attendees at their weekend regatta fundraiser with several out-of-town visitors. They raised more than $3,500 for their league, in a sport which can be costly. He said the best equipment can cost a participant up to $30,000.
* Keele and School Committee member Terence Ryan inquired about crowding on school buses as well this year. Keele said they both have children on one bus, which is particularly "packed." Olsen said he would review the information further and get back to the group on the status of the program.
* Following a near-hour long discussion of Olsen's goals, Keele wrapped up the conversation following remarks by member Arthur Benoit with hands raised to speak by members Erika Kohl and Margaret Murray. Kohl and Murray protested with Keele insisting they overrule him if they like.
"You guys won the vote..." he said. "We're moving on."
* Olsen provided another update on the Abbot School enrollment, where an extra 22 students were received at the third-grade level, with 18 additional students in the school for the year. He said he plans to hire four new teachers' aids next week but one parent said she's worried the large class sizes are affecting her child with special needs. Olsen encouraged her to call him back to discuss the issue further.
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