Massachusetts district deficit not as bad as feared
June 24—Efforts to expand cafeteria options in the Southern Berkshire (Mass.) Regional School District near the end of the school year helped to revive slumping sales -- but not enough to prevent a budget deficit, according to Superintendent Michael Singleton.
The cafeteria budget ended the school year with a $44,000 deficit -- far less than officials had feared earlier in the year when new government nutrition rules began to put a crimp in sales.
To correct the deficit in Southern Berkshire, Singleton said the district eliminated a part-time cafeteria employee worker. Singleton said the savings is estimated at $25,000 and he said the employee had planned on retiring. He also said there could be a reduction in labor hours.