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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Please share your ideas on how to help DY schools be the best they can be.

Areas that are helpful:

  • Ideas for increasing revenues.
  • Creative ideas for cost cutting or keeping expenses low.
  • Ideas that bring students and schools in connection with the citizens of our towns for mutual positive benefit.
  • Grassroots ideas to promote DY Schools as THE Best Choice on Cape Cod
  • Educational ideas.

Your ideas will be communicated to the group or person who can best evaluate and implement your ideas!

Thank you for your caring and your participation!

Working together we make our community stronger!

Once ideas have been communicated, I will create a follow-up RESULTS page that shows what the results were.

Click Here for the list of ideas generated at our March 11th Brainstorming meeting.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen permalink
    March 5, 2010 8:10 pm

    On the subject of improving the image of D-Y schools and making them the school of choice, I would like to propose interviewing a selection of school choice parents who have opted to choose away from D-Y to find out exactly what their reasons were and what the negative assumptions and beliefs are about D-Y schools. If we know what the issues are, we can tackle them in an informed and enthusiastic way. With my extensive interviewing experience, I would like to take this part of the project on myself.

    Do we know how to procure a list of Dennis and Yarmouth families who have chosen to send their kids to schools outside of the D-Y district?

    Thanks!

    Jen Sexton
    Proud L.C.M. parent
    South Yarmouth

    • March 12, 2010 6:27 pm

      Hello-

      Regarding the possibility of polling parents as to why they are opt’ing out of the DY school system – great idea. I would be happy to work with someone to put together a questionaire. Not sure if we could get access to a list of parents opting out…. maybe ask the Superintendent’s office?

      N

      • March 12, 2010 7:52 pm

        Thank you Nancy – I will make sure your idea is passed on to the Superintendent’s office.
        There was also an idea raised by someone to do a calling campaign to folks who have opted out to see how things are going and to offer a warm welcome back to DY schools if they are interested. That idea will also be sent to the Superintendent’s office.

        Thank you so much! Keep the ideas coming!

    • alyson taubert permalink
      May 27, 2010 2:42 am

      I have left the district with my oldest and the next one has his foot out the door. No one has ever asked us for an exit interview.

  2. Kris permalink
    March 5, 2010 8:16 pm

    Revenue producing ideas:

    Using John Simpkins field for many types of events during spring/summer/fall – even winter. There could be
    – afternoon / early evening concerts
    -circus
    -kids field day
    -plays in the park
    -dance troupe shows
    -art shows
    -flea markets
    -holiday themed events
    -comedy shows
    And we don’t need to get anything too fancy to start with – it can be improved over time as far as bandstand goes.

    I’ve got more ideas coming!
    Kristin Stone
    LCM parent

  3. Jen Sexton permalink
    March 9, 2010 8:51 pm

    I did some research regarding the possible impact of the proposed Yarmouth meals and room tax increases, which we have been told may solve the budget shortfall which threatens to close our children’s school, Laurence MacArthur Elementary. This is what ten minutes of searching yielded:

    Fact 1. The recently enacted legislation increases the maximum rate of local option room occupancy excise tax from 4% to up to 6%, added to the 5.7% state room occupancy excise. The maximum 2% increase on a $200 stay equals $4. The current meals tax in Yarmouth is 6.25% (since the increase from 5% statewide in October) or $3.13 on a $50 restaurant tab. With the additional .75% meals tax added, should we choose to vote for it, the added impact is $.37, raising the meal surtax on a $50 tab to $3.50. In other words, the total impact on a $50 restaurant bill and a $200 stay would equal a whopping $4.37— less than one would expect to pay for lunch at a fast food restaurant or for a fancy coffee drink.

    Fact 2. According to a March 7 AP story, Massachusetts communities that have taken the authority offered by the Massachusetts Legislature to impose a meals tax have generally found they are bringing in more revenue than expected.
    Seventy-three communities in Massachusetts have adopted the tax and many have collected more money than predicted for October, the first month diners were subject to the levy.
    The state Department of Revenue estimated that Boston would raise about $1.4 million a month, but in October it brought in $1.5 million. In Medford, the city took in $42,760, doubling the state’s projection.

    Fact 3. With the allowed 6% local option occupancy excise tax added to the 5.7% state room occupancy tax, the total comes to 11.7%. Compare to the room tax in other resort communities: San Francisco 15%, Virginia Beach 13%, Newport 13%, and so on.
    If the additional .75% meals tax is voted in Yarmouth’s total meals surtax will be 7%. Compare to meals tax rates in other vacation destinations: Washington, D.C. 10%, many Virginia cities 11% to 11.5%.

    It’s good to be an informed citizen. Knowledge is power.

    Jen Sexton
    Proud L.C.M. Parent

  4. Ed Hoopes permalink
    March 10, 2010 12:30 pm

    My wife or I will try to attend the March 10 meeting, but if we cannot make it we wanted to put two ideas forward. As far as educational ideas, it has been shown that students who spend more years in one school tend to do better in school because there is more time for a single set of educators (teachers, administrators, etc.) to follow and track the progress of each student. Currently, our students move to a new school every 2, 3 or 4 years. Would it be possible to reorganize the elementary grades and go back to a neighborhood school approach where we have students attend one elementary school k-6? That would be followed by moving grades 7 and 8 into the high school. It would be important to ensure grades 7 and 8 are separated from the 9-12 graders. Perhaps we can do that by rearranging classrooms so grades 7 & 8 have their own corridor or section of the HS building. Seventh and eighth graders should have a separate entrance, as well as be provided their own lunch, PE, music, and art periods (i.e., completely separated from the 9-12 grades but in the same building). That would allow the district to close Mattacheese Middle School for cost savings, we have closed enough elementary buildings. The district could also look into leasing or directly selling the MMS building. The Lighthouse Charter School is currently looking for a new building where they can expand. MMS might be perfectly suited for their needs. Finally, the school district should look into adding small-scale wind turbines and solar panels to provide electricity. While there would be initial costs for purchase and installation of this equipment, state and federal programs end up providing funding for approximately half these costs. Depending on scale, this could significantly reduce one of the costs most likely to contribute to annual budget increases – electricity and heat. By using a “green” solution, not only can the district realize real cost savings, but also provide for a more sustainable future for Yarmouth and Dennis students.

  5. Karen Rood permalink
    March 10, 2010 2:02 pm

    Each month St. Pius X includes a School Support envelope in the parishioners supply of donation envelopes.

    Could DYRSD encourage the same type of monthly donation from the community and employees?

    A donation of $20 a month from 800 individuals equals $16,000 a month and $192,000 annually to be used wherever the School Committee decides that the funds are needed.

  6. Lorri Devlin permalink
    March 10, 2010 2:57 pm

    Angel investors with interest in the success of the local economy are a possible target for soliciting generous donations. Toyota comes to mind as a company with a local presence and a strong need for public redemption. Companies that cater to tourism are not as likely to invest in public school concerns since we’re not their market. Do we have anyone on board with experience soliciting venture capital?

    Another longer term solution may be creating and advertising an endowment fund, if one does not already exist.

  7. March 10, 2010 3:42 pm

    Ed, Karen, and Lorri –
    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! I will make sure that they are brought to the meeting tonight!
    Kristin

  8. March 12, 2010 6:23 pm

    Hello-

    I noticed in the Cape Cod Times last weekend that Barnstable High is having an ‘Open House’ (I think in April?) to showcase the achievements of their students and to invite the public to see the gyms, library, auditorium, etc.
    What a great idea! I am sure the timing of this is not by chance – while students and parents of middle school are wrestling with where to send their kids, why not host an open house? This would show them what the school has to offer – arts, science, sports, clubs, etc…
    It might be too late this year to put something like this together, but it may be an excellent way to show parents and students who are ‘on the fence’ or have other ideas about DY what we are all about!

    Thanks-

    Nancy W

    • March 12, 2010 7:55 pm

      Nancy – I’ll also pass this idea along! Great thinking! I know that parents who are registering for kindergarten have something a little like this, but it would be nice if it’s available for other grades as well.
      Thanks!

  9. sean grealey permalink
    March 29, 2010 11:33 am

    maybe restructure the school bus contract with first student as in no more paying for the fuel and let the school bus contactor pay for it instead of the district. Don’t let the school buses be taken home in between school sessions, only one late bus run at wixon instead of 2,put up advertisment up on school buses so the district can get advertisment revenue, use other bus company’s for field trips if there price is lower, and last maybe only put out a 3 yr contract instead of 5. just my thoughts.

  10. dysos permalink
    March 29, 2010 8:48 pm

    The DY school wide showcase open house is being planned for Thursday, April 8 from 6-8 pm. Departments will have students demonstrating as well as opportunities for parents to try experiments, equipment, etc. There is a plan to have a dinner hopefully sponsored by Rotary before the event.

    dick mcgarr

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