100% Transportation Funding Campaign – It’s gaining steam!!! There are over 2400 signatures now on our on-line petition, but it’s a bit stalled out. Could you try sharing again, especially with those who live in other regional school districts that would benefit from this funding as well? And then ask them to share too.
We’re attempting to spread this campaign across the state. The superintendents of all 58 academic regional districts have been contacted to let them know about it. We’re working on reaching out to PTOs in those districts as well. We’ve created a version of our form letters that can be used by any regional school district in the state. Ultimately, we plan to create a section on our website like our “TAKE ACTION” menu for all regional school districts.
Many thanks to those in the WRSD staff who took the time to write letters for the letter writing campaign. Over 400 were written! Look at this stack of letters…
Only 2 days until Governor Baker’s budget comes out on 1/24. After this, it will be important to re-target our letter writing campaign to the House of Representatives. Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is the head of House Ways and Means, so he’s the person to target. After a few questions, a page was added to the website which explains why we’re targeting certain people, find it here.
Mass Association of Regional Schools(MARS) – We’ve been invited by Steve Hemman of MARS to make a presentation about our efforts at the MARS general meeting on 2/13. If anyone would like to come along, please let us know; we’d love for you to join us. The meeting is at 9:30 in Westford.
Paxton Meeting – Very thankful for those who attended our last meeting in Paxton. We had a lively discussion about the superintendent’s budget proposal and started planning for town meeting time in May……yard signs, phone banks, meeting attendance, etc. See the notes here.
Our Next Meeting – Our next meeting is in Princeton on 2/7 at 7pm. We’ll have a casual meet-up in Princeton – Upstairs at the Thirsty Lab. If you’ve been wondering what a meeting is like, please come along. Bring a friend. Flyer can be found here.
Filling seats— Upcoming meetings:
Tuesday 1/23 – WRSD School Committee meeting – Further discussion of the administration’s budget proposal.
Monday, 2/12 – Annual Budget Hearing – 7pm @ WRHS Media Center – At this meeting, discussions of the budget will revolve around the state’s budget numbers at the time and how that budget will affect the WRSD budget.
The administration of the WRSD will be presenting their budget priorities to the finance committees and advisory boards of each of the 5 towns. See below for the date in your town. Your presence will signal to the finance committee as well as any selectmen who attend that the WRSD budget is a priority to you as a citizen.
- CANCELLED —- Monday, 1/22 – WRSD meets with STERLING Finance Committee —TONIGHT!
- Wednesday, 1/24 WRSD meets with HOLDEN Finance Committe
- Wednesday, 1/31 WRSD meets with PAXTON Finance Committee
- Thursday, 2/8 WRSD meets with RUTLAND Finance Committee
- Monday, 3/5 – WRSD meets with PRINCETON Finance Committee
UPDATE —- These meetings may change, so please make sure to check your town’s website. IAW will try to update you when possible. You can always check our calendar for upcoming meetings.
If you can’t make it to these meetings, here’s a few ways to see them:
All WRSD school committee meetings can be viewed on demand on holdentv.com. They can also be live-streamed there unless they are pre-empted by a Holden Board of Selectmen meeting.
Holden meetings can be viewed on-demand at holdentv.com
Paxton meetings can be found at paxtoncable.org
Sterling meetings can be found at www.townhallstreams.com/towns/sterlingma.
Email with questions or comments any time.
As always, thanks for your time and commitment to working toward getting the education our kids deserve! I’d expect another e-mail this week after Governor Baker’s budget is released:)