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DY School Committee to Meet March 18th 2010

March 17, 2010

Wicked Local photo by David Colantuono

As reported in The Register.

With no agreement on a plan to reduce the budget, the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School Committee will meet again at 6:30 (Thursday)(March 18) at Station Avenue School in South Yarmouth. At Monday night’s three-hour meeting, two motions to set a ceiling on next year’s school budget failed to pass by the required two-thirds margin.

This is an open meeting that anyone can attend. Hope to see you there!

Read the rest of the article about the Monday March 15th meeting here:

D-Y budget blues continue

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Wink permalink
    March 19, 2010 12:21 am

    Watching this meeting right now, and to say the least the meeting is more political then taking into account the budget, working to figure out the best solution ot benefit the children of the district. Accusations of laughing and personal attack, and a chairman that needs to read over robert’s rules of order should come to light. Watchng the events occur over the months, and the fact that no one is under the age of 40 on the school committee that could represent the young parents and working class citizens of both towns, it makes me ponder to think.

    • March 19, 2010 8:10 pm

      Wink – I think you and I are in agreement that we need to keep our eye on the ball right now, which in my mind is ensuring that an override gets passed. It’s all about keeping education intact for the kids.

      Hopefully with concerned folks like yourself we can get the message out to our neighbors, friends, and more that passing the override is the right thing to do.

      Thank you for caring and commenting!

  2. James permalink
    March 19, 2010 3:15 pm

    The key word in the article was Yarmouth getting out of the Chapter 70 formula in 2006 says it all, much less not looking at the long term budget ramification. The consultant for both towns advised that Yarmouth’s share would be less in the early years but later on it would go up.
    Four years later Yarmouth was not ready to deal with the increase of their share under the formula devised. Even my brother’s proposal to reorganize the school grades and closing of one school(requires both towns to agree to it) did not pass because it only cut more than $800,000 out of the budget.
    The only reason the school committee wants to pass the budget is that the if it fails to get the budget in place, the state will take over the financial operations next year.

    Overall I can sense the political drama between the two towns’s selectmen on their budget priorities and Yarmouth did not calculate correctly in their financial decision back in 2006 and are digging in their heel in the short term.

    • March 19, 2010 6:59 pm

      James – Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Let’s hope that we can work through all the fog and static to convey a clear message to Yarmouth which is.

      The DY School system is amazing. The teachers, the students and the administrators are doing a great job educating and enriching our children.
      Now is the time for Yarmouth citizens to fully fund the current year’s budget. There is no waste. There are no empty seats. There is great work being done. Let’s help them continue to get even better.

      The budget shortfall divided by 16,000 residences will be very do-able. We help our fellow man, woman, and child when there is a tragedy. Let’s help them now in celebration of their excellence, dedication and hard work.

      I respectfully ask all Yarmouth taxpayers to look in their heart, to be honest with themselves and ask the question, will this increase break my household budget?

      If your budget is very tight where $90 will put you over the edge (where you may lose your shelter and food), I encourage you to email our group. Perhaps we can try to raise the funds for those who will truly struggle with this. This is a genuine offer. I’ve been thinking about this because if there are folks that we could help with this, I’m sure we could get together a fund raiser for those truly in need.

      For those who can afford it and simply find it difficult mentally to accept it, let me share some information that I was not aware of until recently. Yarmouth is one of the lowest taxed towns in Massachusetts. We are in the $7+change/$1000 range for our tax rate. Most towns are $10+/$1000. And in fact many are much higher.

      Here is a link to see the different tax rates. I think you will see we have it pretty good here.
      Mass/RI/NH
      MASS only

      Thanks again!
      Kristin

      • James permalink
        March 19, 2010 7:39 pm

        Kristin
        I am in agreement with you various aspect of your argument and the issue of tax rates among towns. What Yarmouth should have done from the onset of opting out of the funding formula is put the hotel and meal tax in its place in 2006 or 2007 to build cushion needed to be ready to pay for their share four years later and at the same time plan for cuts to make the school district leaner but better then there would be no acrimonious fight as the school committee meeting has been lately.

        This is something I predicted, years ago, would happen eventually.

      • March 19, 2010 7:53 pm

        That would have been good.
        Let’s hope we can get things resolved this year without a district meeting, by getting an override passed. After that we can ask the schools to look strategically at other revenue raising and cost streamlining ideas.
        Thanks again, James!

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