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.
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.
Our fourth response is from School Committee Candidate Meg Moriarty. Meg is a resident of Belmont, the mother of two and a Town Meeting member. She has served as president of the Butler School PTA and is the Principal of Megmor Research and Evaluation LLC, which provides services to help organizations assess the impact of Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) programming.
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.
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.