Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,I read with great interest David Palazzetti’s letter to the editor last week (March 11th). I’ve been following this story over the past few weeks, and I hadn’t known, until now, the full financial aspects of the project, which are quite disconcerting. The loss and replacement of the trails and disc golf holes... Continue Reading →

Voice Your Opinion

The Town Council (TC) will be asked by the School Committee (SC) to place the $85,000,000.00 facilities bond on this November’s ballot. Their reason is more people come out to vote during a regular election. I can believe this is true. However they are asking everyone to vote on a plan (not yet created or... Continue Reading →

The Enrollment Storm (Part 2 of 2)

Part 1 of this series discussed the current budget year with respect to expected enrollment declines. This article, by contrast, focuses on the future (5-10 years) when our recent elementary enrollment declines start to affect our High School programs. To recap, district administration is framing enrollment declines using grade level averages instead of providing a... Continue Reading →

The Enrollment Storm (Part 1 of 2)

During last night’s joint budget meeting, Superintendent Savastano and others made the claim that the projected drop of 59 students next year will not result in teacher reductions because that is only 4 students per grade level. This is a misleading oversimplification that obscures the challenges caused by enrollment declines. We should be setting a... Continue Reading →

Joint TC/SC budget work session

So here are my notes from the school committee budget presentation to the town council meeting tonight. Please note - these are just my notes and my observations. Here is the link to the meeting. The school committee has come in with a budget that calls for a 2% tax increase despite as one speaker... Continue Reading →

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