Roosevelt Intermediate School
Stewart T. Carey, Principal Brian Gechtman, Assistant Principal
November 30, 2012
Two years ago the Westfield School District was hard hit by several million dollars in state aid being cut. We are still feeling those cuts in many areas today; but, as a community, persevered with the common goal of providing our students with the best education possible to enable them to find success in their futures.
This year, we are again facing crippling cuts if the bond does not pass on December 11, 2012, with the likely impact being the following:
o Increased class size at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels
o Approximately 50 positions will be eliminated – most of those would be teachers who represent the majority of existing positions
o Reductions in fine arts performances (High School and Middle School plays), drama, art and music classes and programs
o Decreases in counselors, librarians, technology staff, secretaries, and custodians
o Reduction in electives, the number of sports offered and the levels of teams
o Postponement of technology initiative, STEM commitment and facilities improvements
However, if the bond passes, the Board has reported that all roofs can be completed by the summer of 2014.
I fully recognize that this is a very busy time of year and many of us are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy; indeed it appears that we are facing a new “normal.” However, in my forty-four years as an educator and administrator in Westfield it has been my privilege to work with staffs and parents who, “at the end of the day,” put education first. It is a fact that our district facilities, just as our homes, need constant maintenance and upkeep to continue to house our student population in a safe and caring environment. So I am asking you to please take time to vote. This affects all of us. Thank you.
Stewart T. Carey,