Category: education

Belmont Parents: Don’t Build a Monument to Anger. Join Me In Voting Yes.

Post COVID Hope

As parents of Belmont students, we have every right to be angry and disappointed in the performance of our schools this year. But as a dark winter turns to Spring, let’s look to the future and invest in it, not build a monument to our anger. Vote YES on Question 1.

Questions for School Committee Candidates: Tara Donner

Tara Donner, Belmont School Committee

Our final response is from School Committee Candidate Tara Donner. Tara is a resident of Belmont, the mother of two and a sitting School Committee member who is seeking her second, full term on the Committee. Her unique experience includes 18 years of middle school teaching and 14 years serving as a Town Meeting Member.

Questions for School Committee Candidates: Jamal Saeh

Jamal Saeh Belmont

Editor’s Note: Next week the town will go to vote on a number of issues including two seats on Belmont’s School Committee. Earlier this month, Blogging Belmont sent questionnaires to the five candidates for those two positions with a number…

Questions for School Committee Candidates: Evelyn Gomez

Evelyn Gomez, Belmont School Committee

Blogging Belmont sent questionnaires to the five School Committee candidates. This week, we’ll be publishing the responses we received, highlighting one candidate each day and posting their responses as received.

Questions for School Committee Candidates: Timothy Flood

Timothy Flood, Belmont

Blogging Belmont sent questionnaires to the five candidates for those two positions with a number of questions that we felt were important for voters to understand candidates’ positions on before they vote. This week, we’ll be publishing the responses we received, highlighting one candidate each day and posting their responses as received. First up: Tim Flood.

Open Letter: Budget Cutting and the School Department

typewriter letters

“I’m writing to express my deepest reservations about the status of our town’s budget cutting exercise and its impact on the School Department budget for FY 2021, ” School Committee member Michael Crowley begins his letter to the Select Board.

Letter to Town Meeting: Belmont’s Budget Discussion

Below is a letter to Town Meeting Members from Precinct 7 from TMM Heather Rubeski concerning the ongoing budget discussions. Heather generously agreed to let us republish it here. I’ve been following the process of Belmont revising the budgets for…

As the Budget Wrecking Ball Swings: Protecting Our Students

Super Girl Wrecking ball

With per pupil spending in Belmont already about $3,000 per student/per year below the State average per district ($12,700 in Belmont vs. $15,900 avg.), our public schools entered the pandemic stretched to the breaking point. Now we risk plunging into a full-blown fiscal crisis with layoffs of instructional staff, increased class sizes and cuts to supplies.

Invest in Belmont’s Future: Vote YES on 4!

Belmont 7-12 School

The proposed 7-12 school is an elegant and cost saving solution to a myriad of complex and expensive problems facing our school district. Vote YES tomorrow on Question #4 to invest in Belmont’s students and our collective future. 

A Progressive’s Guide to Tuesday’s Town Election: Top of Ticket

Some progressive picks for tomorrow’s Town Election, starting with the top of the ticket.