Boston school budget would cut jobs, reduce bus service

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Boston School Superintendent John McDonough tonight will present a balanced budget for the next school year that calls for cutting about 120 central office positions and slashing bus rides for seventh- and eighth-graders.

Under the proposal, seventh- and eighth-graders who would have qualified for bus service will instead receive MBTA passes.

The School Department also intends to try out this option with sixth-graders on a voluntary basis. Any sixth-grader who wants to ride the bus, however, would be able to get a seat. The change would affect more than 4,500 students.

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