“I support the mayor,” Mastrocola said. “We’re always looking for ways in the School Department to maintain services.”
Hiring at the schools, he stressed, will remain in the hands of principals.
“That’s really where you want it to happen,” he said.
The human resources director, however, still plays an important role. For example, she will confirm the various credentials listed on résumés given to the schools.
The change was adopted by the council unanimously. On the other hand, the council, the School Committee and Budrow all understand the arrangement to be, so far, something of an experiment. If adjustments are needed, she said, “We’ll tweak it and try very hard to make it work.”
“If it does lead to some trouble,” Bettencourt told the council, “we will be looking to revisit it.”
School Committee member Dave McGeney said he expects to see the new arrangement evaluated in the near term.
If it all goes smoothly, there could be even more savings in the future. City Councilor Anne Manning-Martin raised the possibility that Budrow might pick up responsibilities at the Municipal Light Plant, as well.