Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 24, 2014

Selectmen restore position of drug counselor to AYS

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But she said the problem is bigger than just drugs.

“There are a lot of kids who are depressed,” she said, noting that there are children at Andover High School who need to be accompanied at all times by monitors who keep them from committing suicide.

Initially, Major proposed simply adding the position to the existing budget and not having Stapczynski make any further cuts.

“Instead of a $200,000 cut, let’s call it a $150,000 cut,” he said, referring to the board’s mandate that the town manager cut $200,000 from the town side of the budget.

But other selectmen said they were concerned that would send the wrong message to the School Department, whose budget selectmen cut by $400,000.

Selectmen Dan Kowalski and Alex Vispoli prevailed on Major to change his motion so that Stapczynski has to go back and make cuts in other parts of the budget to fund the social worker.

“I have a few ideas,” Stapczynski said after the meeting. He said he would provide a revised budget, with the new social worker and a funding source, at the board’s next meeting April 28.

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