Amherst Library Considers Cut to ESL Program
More than 50 supporters of Amherst's English as Second Language program gathered at the Jones library this week in protest of a proposal to cut the program. Library trustees are looking for ways to close a more than$65,000 budget gap. Shutting down the ESL program would save the library about $27,000 year. But some users of the library say they would rather see a cut made to the new materials funds - which includes periodical subscriptions and new books. Ken Wood, a Hadley resident who has been an ESL tutor since October, says if the program does close, he will continue to teach his students.
Library trustees say they understand the concerns of tutors, ESL students, and community members, but they just don't have enough money to fund all programs. 80 students are currently enrolled in ESL classes.