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Post-Election Thoughts

May 13, 2010

Election day was disappointing. The question #2 override for the school lost 2210-2701.

I think a lot of this was due to the fact that there were two ballot questions for the schools. Some people thought the schools were asking for both. I’m told that some people actually voted yes on question #3 with the good intention of giving more to the schools, not realizing that by voting no on #2 (the lesser amount), it actually hurt the schools.

So but all hope is not lost. The next stage is the school committee will review the budget again. Perhaps they will be able to reach a negotiation between themselves and both towns whereby each group comes up with a portion of the money needed. If that’s not possible, there could be another special election for another override question, where the amount might be the same or less.

If that doesn’t work, unfortunately, we will most likely be back at “the tent.”

The good news then is that there is hope to get the budget squared away so that there will not be a need to cut programs or teachers.

But, we must stay involved! And as such please add the next school committee meeting date to your calendars:

Monday May 17th at Station Ave Elementary School at 7:30pm. They will be discussing our participation in the school choice program along with other agenda items.

Thank you for everyone’s efforts this year so far trying to help the schools!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sheila Gagnon permalink
    May 14, 2010 3:42 am

    Yes, the ballot was confusing for anyone who did not go to town meeting and understand the issues. However, the percentage of voters who turned out ranged from 21% in one precinct to 35% in another. That is pathetic. Somehow the importance of actually going to vote for the over-ride never gets through to the parents, and the general public. The voter registration effort was commendable, but we all need to do more to get specific hard information on the school situation out. Sheila Gagnon

    • May 14, 2010 3:14 pm

      On rough estimates, the parents, (if they are all registered) probably make up about 25% of Yarmouth’s 16,000 registered voters. The Cape Cod Times reported that: “About 30 percent, or 4,975, of the town’s 16,604 registered voters went to the polls.” (on Tuesday’s election.)

      I wish we could know for sure what percentage of parents voted. And also what percentage are registered to vote.

      We need to keep finding ways to reach out to all the parents so that their voice can be heard.

  2. James Edwards permalink
    May 14, 2010 11:28 pm

    I knew that the Questions would fail (and judging from the ballot questions, they were confusing) despite the fact it passed the Town Meeting. Judging from the fact that Town of Yarmouth withheld judgment because it could pass the TM but not the special election. (I’m an old hand on politics).
    (It’s nice to hear Sheila G doing well- I knew her)

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