THE EVERETT ADVOCATE - Friday, August 9, 2019 Page 9 Letter to the Editor School Committee Member Ela pleased with fiscal 2020 budget Dear Editor: This past spring, the Everett School Committee, the Everett School Administration and the city of Everett’s Chief Financial Offi cer, Eric Demas, prepared and reviewed the FY 2020 School Department Budget. The school department’s operating budget required an additional $6.5 million in funding to provide the required educational programs and services to Everett’s students while maintaining smaller class sizes. The shortfall in funding can be attributed to recent changes in the state’s Foundation Budget formula. A collaborative eff ort, between the School Committee, School Administration, the Everett City Council and Mayor DeMaria, resulted in the approval of the FY 2020 School Department Budget. The approval of this budget, with this additional $6.5 in funding, allowed the Everett School Department to maintain its commitment to smaller class sizes, introduce new programs and eliminate the possibility of disrupting classes during the coming school year. The Everett School Administration has nearly completed hiring new employees for the 2019-2020 school year and is well prepared to open school later this month. In previous years, we would have to wait until the state’s budget was signed by the governor prior to begin the hiring process and call back laid off employees. The state’s FY 2020 Budget was approved and signed by Governor Baker this past week. I would like to thank all my colleagues on the Everett School Committee for their commitment in the preparation, review and approval of this year’s school budget especially Mr. Parker and Mr. MaFor great advertising rates, call: 617-387-2200 cLaughlin for their contribution on the Committee on Finance. I also extend thanks to our state legislators, Senator DiDomenico and Representative McGonagle for their work on Beacon Hill. Senator DiDomenico is a leading presence in the State Senate advocating for increased funding for public education and protection of our most valuable resource, our children. Collectively, my colleagues on the Everett School Committee and I will continue to work with our state legislators to advocate for legislation to increase funding for public school education, thus assuring our ability to provide quality education programs to Everett’s students. Sincerely, David M. Ela Jr School Committee Ward IV Chairman Subcommittee Finance Easy Financing Available! AUTOTECH 1989 SINCE Is your vehicle ready for the Summer Season?!! AC SPECIAL Recharge your vehicle's AC for the warm weather! Includes up to 1 IL. of Refrigerant* (*Most Vehicles) Only $59.95 DRIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT! CASH FOR YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV! 2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SE Auto., Leather, Loaded, Excellent Condition, Clean Title, Warranty, ONLY 72K Miles! Trades Welcomed READY TO GO! 2006 DODGE CHARGER Loaded with Extras, 3.5 V6 HO Motor, Premium Sound System, Dual Exhaust, Runs & Drives Great! 139K Miles, Warranty. PRICED RIGHT! $6,995 $3,995 781-321-8841 1236 Eastern Ave • Malden EddiesAutotech.com We Pay Cash For Your Vehicle! WE WORK FOR YOU! * Have your car repaired by     * An I-CAR GOLD CLASS SHOP              for                                 1605 North Shore Road, Revere * 781-284-1200 Visit us at: www.AtlasAutobody.com or call (781) 284-1200 to schedule your appointment today!

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