Category Archive for 'Funding for FY12'

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The School Committee’s FY 2012 Budget asks for no new contributions from the Towns, does not affect the tax rate, and maintains level services in the schools. Wenham voters have already approved this number, which is the figure printed in the Hamilton warrant (Appendix B, page 6). Town officials are recommending lowering the contribution to the Schools to an amount, which when added to a proportional decrease on the Wenham side, would combine to de-fund the schools by $500,000. This recommendation would open the door to a second Town Meeting or more, and will require the School Committee to reconsider their budget which could result in service cuts.

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Thank you, Wenham — Hamilton, you’re on deck! Hamilton town meeting is this Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. at the High school auditorium. Child care thanks to Girl’s Basketball team. The school budget passed in Wenham by a vote of 127 to 86. A huge thank you to all the residents who took time out from a busy spring afternoon to make their voices heard. Now it’s Hamilton’s turn. Please make plans to attend town meeting this Saturday and support the school’s budget. We expect the vote to be much closer in Hamilton than it was in Wenham. We will need every voter there.
If the school’s budget passes, we’re done. If it fails, we’re looking at the possibility of more town meetings this spring and possibly into the summer.

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To support the schools, vote “Yes” twice. Tomorrow, Sat. May 7, Wenham Town Election, 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Buker Gym, Wenham Town Meeting, 1 p.m., Buker Gym. Drop-off babysitting available
Follow the meeting on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hwsos. As we sometimes forget during the busy budget season, the only entity that decides Wenham’s share of school funding is YOU, the voter.
This year you have a choice. There are two numbers proposed for Wenham’s share of the school budget. You may vote for the assessment that is in the school’s budget, which represents a 0% increase to the town from last year. It does not affect town services, and it maintains level services in the schools.

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Busy Saturday morning? Vote early! Wenham voters head to the polls on Saturday morning to cast ballots in the Buker gymnasium for school committee candidates, selectboard candidates and other posts. Polling hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon, a small window of time on a busy day.
If you know it’s going to be a push for you to get to the polls, why not vote early? You can vote absentee today at the town hall clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow, Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

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Wenham Town Meeting, this Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. at Buker
Hamilton Town Meeting, Sat., May 14, 9 a.m., High School
This is your only chance to vote on this school budget.
You have to be present at town meeting to vote.
Top 12 Things You Need to Know about the FY2012 School Budget

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Before you head out — or just off — for Spring Break, please be sure to mark your calendars and start making plans for Town Meeting.

With the school budget still in flux, we need every school supporter present, so tap those babysitters, grandparents, or fellow sports parents now.

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Tomorrow is an important school committee meeting that school supporters will want to follow closely. In addition to discussing its plans to address the most critical parts of the Operational Audit, the committee will vote its fiscal year 2012 budget. Serious concerns have cropped up late in the process. Here’s what you need to know.

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