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Weymouth tries again, 20 years later

Posted by Your Town  July 7, 2008 06:07 PM

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Rather than scrap a new teachers contract that took 18 months to hammer out, Weymouth school officials have a different strategy for addressing the budget crisis: Ask voters to approve Proposition 2 1/2 tax increases for the first time.

The only other attempt, 20 years ago, was soundly defeated.

Despite the history, the School Committee is asking the Town Council to approve putting three funding options requiring overrides before voters:

$4.58 million to restore the school budget to the original request the committee made at the start of the budget process on Feb. 14;

$2.97 million to restore both the 2 percent budget reduction voted in earlier by the committee and the 3.4 percent additional cut requested by Mayor Sue Kay to cover the schools' share of the health insurance deficit;

Or $1.857 million, which would cover just the 3.4 percent in additional cuts sought by Kay.

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1 comments so far...
  1. As a forty year resident of Weymouth and having children that graduated the Weymouth School system I would be in favor of an override -(IF and only IF) my money was going to inhanse and upgrade the quality of our schools. How many thousands of dollars were spent for building the new high school, and we are at risk for accrediation? Our children have old books, teachers that are tired and sometimes unwilling to give 100%. Our money, time, resources and energy should be in setting the highest of standards for our students and hiring teachers with that thought. The Teacher's Union is to protect the teacher's raises, pensions and health care, thus becoming the "first priority". Overtime, this mantality has proven to be the down fall of our students and schools. I will not support the School Committee, Mayor or the Teacher's Union proposals until all three are held accountable.

    Posted by Pat Petrie July 9, 08 04:18 PM
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Christine Wallgren is a correspondent in the Globe South bureau.
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