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Save Our Schools pins hopes on D-R tent meeting to bring back sports - Taunton Gazette

DIGHTON — “Pro-school” advocates in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District community say they want to see this year’s budget finally approved at a “tent meeting” — the first-ever in D-R history.

Members of the political action committee Save Our Schools say that this is the closest the district has ever come to a school year without an approved budget — due to Rehoboth’s roughly $559,000 funding deficit — and as a result, students could go without sports and extracurriculars for the year.

With Rehoboth residents having approved a Proposition 2 ½ override last year to meet the town’s funding deficit, Save Our Schools members say that in order to save after-school activities this year, the district cannot wait for another override.

“If this budget doesn’t get passed at the tent meeting, we don’t know how we’ll get sports and extracurriculars back. Those ‘coming of age’ things won’t be happening for our kids because of adults failing,” said Jessie Beerman, a Dighton resident whose three children attend D-R schools.


Funding for sports, other activities still in question for Dighton-Rehoboth schools - wjar

DIGHTON, Mass. (WJAR) — Rehoboth Board of Selectmen Chair Gerald Schwall said Thursday that he has learned of a possible fix to help fund sports and extra curricular activities at Dighton-Rehoboth Schools.

It would first have to be further discussed with the School Committee Chair, he said.

"We do want to find a resolution," Schwall told NBC 10 News.

School committee member Rachel Dingus said Thursday that a $1 million deficit in the FY20 budget forced the cuts. She said the proposed $44 million operating budget increased 1.32 percent from FY19, adding that voters in Rehoboth approved roughly $500,000 less than what was asked of the town.

"The seniors this year have potentially lost everything," said Mackenzie Morgenweck, a Dighton-Rehoboth Junior who is also part of 'Save our Schools,' an organization raising awareness about the funding issue. "I’m part of at least 11 clubs there, mainly the marching band," she added.


Dighton-Rehoboth schools set to lose sports, extracurricular activities - Wpri

DIGHTON, Mass. (WPRI) — All sports and extracurricular activities in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District are in jeopardy.

There is currently a $1 million deficit in the school budget, which means sports, clubs, music and more will not be funded.

Dighton voters had agreed to fund the school committee’s 1.32% budget increase while Rehoboth voters have not. This has forced a so-called “Tent Meeting” in which registered voters from both towns will vote.

School committee members told Eyewitness News they are working on securing a venue for the vote. It would have to be large enough to accommodate the approximately 4,000 registered voters in Dighton and Rehoboth.

“The majority will rule,” Dighton-Rehoboth School Committee Vice Chairwoman Rachel Dingus said. “We’re not asking for a Taj Mahal here. A 1.32% increase is less growth than inflation.”


GoFundMe campaign launched to save extracurricular activities at Dighton-Rehoboth High - sun chronicle

REHOBOTH — With the school budget for fiscal 2020 still unsettled, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help fund extracurricular activities, including sports, for Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School students.

Another $559,000 is needed to pay for the activities which, as of now, have been cut from the approximately $44 million two-town budget.

Rehoboth approved a $18.97 million appropriation for the regional district but the school committee asked for $19.5 million, leaving the shortfall.

A goal of $15,000 has been set at to pay certain fees required every year to keep D-R Regional eligible for activities. There are deadlines for payment, according to information sent to The Sun Chronicle.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 61 donors had contributed $4,850 to the fund.


Former D-R star athlete speaks out about school budget crisis - taunton gazette

Nearly three years ago, the towns of Dighton and Rehoboth were each on top of the world.

The Dighton-Rehoboth baseball team captured the school’s first-ever Division II state title in the program’s history.

Former alum Arthur “Bubba” Correia was part of that exciting team, which masterfully defeated top-ranked Danvers in extra innings, 1-0, in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association state finals.

Fast forward to today: Both communities are now searching for common ground to save sports and extracurricular activities in the district.

“Kids deserve the chance to succeed in their sport and potentially receive a scholarship,” said Correia, who attends Division I school Quinnipiac University. “That’s how a lot of athletes attend the schools they are at. Without receiving an athletic scholarship, I wouldn’t be attending the school I’m fortunate enough to be at.”

The fate of D-R sports remains up in the air amid an ongoing budget stalemate between Rehoboth and the school district.


All extracurricular activities on the line at Dighton-Rehoboth school meeting - whdh

DIGHTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Parents, students, and coaches say they are not happy after the Dighton-Rehoboth School Committee voted to ax all extracurricular activities for the upcoming school year.

Sports, music, clubs and even the prom have all been canceled due to lack of funding. School Committee Chair Katherine Cooper said it was a tough decision but, either the activities or nearly three dozen teachers had to go.

Nearly 3,000 children within the regional school district will be unable to participate in their chosen activities next year and dozens of concerned community members came out to voice their opinions Thursday.

“We had no good option here,” Cooper said. “It was a very difficult decision for the school committee and it is just a very difficult situation to be in.”


Forced to cut $1M in spending, Dighton-Rehoboth suspends sports, extracurricular activities - taunton gazette

DIGHTON -- The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee approved a motion Tuesday night to suspend all of the district’s extracurricular activities – notably sports programs – and to eliminate four non-union positions.

In exchange, the vote rescinded 24 of the 31 “pink slip” layoff notices sent to teachers earlier this month and maintained the proposed FY20 operating budget at $44,176,664 or 1.32 percent higher than the FY19 total.

With the district’s budget still unapproved for the upcoming year, D-R Superintendent Dr. Anthony Azar said that the district was mandated to make spending cuts of approximately $1 million to adopt a “1/12 budget” by July 1.

“Because Rehoboth rejected their portion of the regional assessment at town meeting, we told the state that we would not have an approved budget on July 1. State law dictates that the Commissioner of Education sets the budget,” Azar said Wednesday.

Tuesday’s vote to rescind the teacher’s pink slips came after the consideration of several options intended to close what Azar called the “delta” $1 million to meet the 1/12 budget.

Although a June 14 school committee meeting was not held due to a lack of quorum, only one school committee member was absent at this week’s gathering and another, Glenn Jefferson, even called in remotely while away on a work trip.


Hundreds turn out to support override amid D-R budget crisis - taunton gazette

NORTH DIGHTON — It was an emotional three hours for the hundreds of students, parents, teachers and other Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District staff who attended the school committee meeting on Tuesday night.

In the wake of over 100 staff layoffs and cuts to various programs as a result of an unapproved budget, concerned school community members came out in full force to hear Superintendent Anthony Azar’s budget presentation.

Azar urged Rehoboth residents to help others become informed about the July 17 Rehoboth town ballot vote for a Proposition 2½ override, which he said would be the only way to reverse the layoffs and other cuts within the district.