Wenham Town Meeting
This Saturday, May 1, 1 p.m.
Buker Elementary School

Hamilton Town Meeting
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.
High School Auditorium

Please make plans to attend your Town Meeting and vote to support our schools. Every body counts – we need you there!

Free, drop-in, on-site child care available both days, thanks to volunteer help from our wonderful high school students.

Here’s what you need to know:

* 2011 School Budget

Article 2 in both towns includes the appropriation for the school district that represents an average 2.5% increase — not quite the “Fair Share” we were promoting earlier in the budget cycle, but a solid figure that demonstrates our towns’ continued strong support of its school system in what was a very tough economic year. This is not an override or a debt exclusion.

The budget reflects many hours of difficult work by the School Committee and administration and by the two finance committees and Boards of Selectmen. All entities support this budget unanimously – show your support by voting Yes on Article 2.

* School Committee’s Amendments to the Regional School District Agreement

The School Committee is proposing changes to the language of the towns’ Regional School District Agreement to bring it in line with state standards. A representative from the School Committee will explain the proposed amendments at Town Meeting.

* Citizens’ Petition for an “Operational” Audit of the Regional School District

This proposal is a moving target – sponsors are expected to propose an amendment at town meeting that substantially revises the original petition as presented in the warrant.

SOS supports a targeted audit, paid for by the towns, under the direction of a joint committee of representatives of both towns and the Regional School Committee.

Read SOS’s statement here:
http://hwsos.org/wordpress/2010/04/06/sos-position-on-operational-audit/

Read the School Committee’s position paper here:
http://www.hw-regional.k12.ma.us/opaudit%2004%2016%2010.pdf

Remember, Wenham Town Meeting is this Saturday, 1 p.m. Use our free on-site child care, or ask your friends and relatives to pitch in so that all voters in your household can make their voices heard to support our schools.

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