Thorough, Transparent and Inclusive Make Wellesley’s “Secret Formula”

Suzy Littlefield–Wellesley Townsman, March 10, 2016

“Those who are concerned about upcoming decisions on the Hardy/Hunnewell/Upham Schools and uses for the North 40 should be especially concerned about the authority given to the Town Manager under the Special Act”.

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School Decisions and Town Manager–Citizen Involvement is Critical

Larry Kaplan, MD–Wellesley Townsman, March 10, 2016

For those Wellesley parents who are concerned about saving neighborhood schools, the proposed town manager structure is likely to create another hurdle for citizen involvement in participatory government. Under this proposal, there will be increased pressure to close schools as town government focuses more on efficiencies and cost savings than on educational excellence. As a corollary to VOTING NO on this ballot question, Wellesley residents need to elect school committee members who are willing to act as fiduciaries for their constituents rather than rubber-stamp administration decisions.

Larry Kaplan MD

8 High Meadow Circle

Wellesley, MA 02482

Perspective of a longtime School Committee Member

Suzi Newman–Wellesley Townsman  February 25, 2016

As a Town Meeting Member, I voted against the Town Manager proposal as it seemed unfair to remove budgeting from any board’s authority. To suggest that boards would still be permitted to decide policies and initiatives seemed to ignore the fact that most policies and initiatives require a thorough grounding in budget details to be implemented. Continue reading “Perspective of a longtime School Committee Member”