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How Randolph's schools began to fail

Posted by Your Town  December 10, 2007 08:22 AM

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Randolph voters have rejected four overrides over the last few years, but political leaders also see other strains on the town. The social compact is broken, one official says in a story in Globe South.

Randolph school leaders say they need $12.5 million - the amount that has been cut over the past five years - to restore programs and staff to its six schools. (The school budget now stands at about $40 million.) Voters have rejected four property tax increases during that time, most recently $4.2 million in March for the schools and the town.

"This is not something that happened overnight," said David Harris, a nearly 50-year resident who served on the School Committee from 1985 to 1995, and is president of the Randolph Fair Practices Association, which promotes racial and ethnic equity. "It's been coming for five years and we could see it coming, but residents were not convinced it would affect them. . . . We failed to get residents to buy into the concept that education is a focal point of the town."

Meanwhile, the JV sports teams are raising money to stay alive.

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About override central Coverage of Prop 21/2 override campaigns in more than 30 communities in Greater Boston.
Christine Wallgren is a correspondent in the Globe South bureau.
David Dahl is the Globe's regional editor.
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