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MADRID – Madrid-Waddington School District residents will no longer be receiving print newsletters, but an electronic version will be available on line.

Beginning in August, the school will no longer be mailing its newsletters as part of a district-wide effort to cut costs. However, the school’s newsletters will be available via email and the school’s website:

The school typically mails 2,000 newsletters each August, December, April and June. All the printing is done within the district.

Superintendent Lynn M. Roy estimated at Tuesday’s board meeting that each newsletter averages about 18 pages. It costs $360 to print the newsletter in black and white each quarter. Printing colored pages could jump the cost to $2,160, she said.

Postage costs are an additional $233.

“It’s a chunk of money,” board member Richard Hobkirk said.

Newsletters contain budget, capital project and curriculum information, Ms. Roy said.

“Parents already know to go to the website for the shopping lists and class lists,” Ms. Roy said. “When we had exit surveys at the last budget vote where we asked people where they got the bulk of their information from, the majority of them said the newsletter, so we know that it is very important that we get that out to the community.”

Mrs. Roy said that a printed version of the April newsletter, which contains the district’s budget information, will still be mailed to residents because it is too important.

“I think you could put more into it this way - larger pictures, for example, because you aren’t worried about copy costs,” board member Tina Bush said. “My concern would be that people get retrained to go to the website. I think just a reminder email to know that’s it’s ready and to go to the site would be a big help.”

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