What has SOS Been Doing?

There was a strong turnout for the most recent SOS meeting on November 5th. Almost 60 people attended, including School Committee members, Alexa McCloughan and Jack O’Keefe, and State Representative, Brad Hill.

Alexa McCloughlan and Jack O’Keefe discussed the school budget process and explained that the School Committee hopes to avoid further cuts in FY 09. Representative Hill discussed efforts to improve funding for suburban schools and suggested ways for SOS to lobby our state government for improved funding.

Although SOS was focused on fund raising last spring, we have shifted our focus to other endeavors in an effort to increase funding to our school district. We hope you will consider making a gift to the Ed Fund which provides substantial monies to the schools in our district to enhance programming and technology. You can find out more about the Ed Fund by visiting www.hwschools.net/edfund/HWedfund.htm.

On other fronts, we have been attending meetings of the Selectmen, the School Committee and the Finance Committee. We are working with the Selectmen in pursuing negotiations with Gordon Conwell to increase Gordon Conwell’s contributions to the school budget. The revenue committee is hard at work investigating and prioritizing other possible sources of funding to the town through ideas like commercial development and a transfer tax. We are working to lobby the state legislature to reformulate the Chapter 70 formula to provide more state funding to our school district.

Volunteers are always needed to help in all of the areas – please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to see how you can help.

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