Brad Wells of the Music Department was quoted in an article about school spending cuts in Williamstown.

About 30 people attended the meeting, and several spoke in defense of the programs that faced cuts.

“For instrumental music, it’s a rare discipline that if it isn’t begun early isn’t begun at all,” said Brad Wells of the Williams College music department.

Alas, Wells’s arguments failed to carry the day.

The Elementary School Committee has voted to approve about $119,000 in cuts to the fiscal 2005 elementary school budget that were made necessary by the failed override vote earlier this month. Losses in personnel will affect the technology program, special education, and in particular, will reduce the music teacher position from full-time to part-time.

I am not sure when the high school budget process starts up, but I suspect that it will be even more contentious.

Th key question that I would have if I lived in Williamstown concerns the teacher’s union, its contract and recent trends in salaries and health care costs. I have been unable to find any information about these yet I would think that this would be public information.

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