Upcoming events: critical school funding meeting and BSEAC documentary

A couple of notices for the next week that you in the B2 community should put on your calendars.

The first is a very important joint meeting of the School Committee, Warrant Committee and Board of Selectmen on February 4th at 7:30 PM. This meeting, in the Community Room at the Chenery Middle School. This will be where the rubber meets the road with the proposed school funding cuts and we need as many concerned parents and community members to show up and to show support for continued funding of the public schools.

The next notice came to me from the Belmont Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BSEAC), which is hosting a FREE screening of  “Including Samuel: A Film Documentary about Inclusion”  on February 11, 2009 between 7:00pm and 9:00pm in the Chenery Middle School Auditorium.

BSEAC writes “Please join us and bring a friend to see this internationally acclaimed film, which weaves together the stories of five families’ efforts to include their children with disabilities in every facet of their lives. The film includes interviews with teachers, young people, parents and disability rights experts, celebrating the benefits of inclusion and struggling with its challenges.”

Attendees can also hear guest Speaker Dr. Joseph Petner, Retired Principal of the Haggerty Elementary School, Cambridge, who is featured in the film and will speak about his experiences with inclusion and take questions after our screening.

For more information, please contact BSEAC Co-Chairs Amanda Green (617-484-2218) or Stephanie Woerner (617-484-5833) . This showing is FREE, open to the public, and disability accessible.