Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A Letter to the Editor was submitted by Winchester resident Dennis France in support of School Committee candidate Mike Galvin.
[Editor's note: The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Winchester resident Dennis France.] After watching the School Committee debate held on St. Patrick’s Day in a somewhat chilly high school auditorium, I walked home with a sense that this really is quite a special town. Here were four parents sharing their views on a variety of issues related to our children’s education, vying for two open unpaid jobs that require long hours away from family for numerous interminable meetings. One cannot fail to be impressed with this spirit of volunteerism, and the impressive crowd of interested townsfolk (that) spoke to how important these jobs are viewed. This past year saw a remarkable surge in community involvement and interest in all …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Winchester resident Denise Goluboff.
[Editor's note: The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Winchester resident Denise Goluboff.] As a parent of two young children, I am keenly aware that Winchester School Committee decisions have a direct effect on my family for the entirety of my children’s formative years. Moreover, those decisions affect our town in varied ways, from real estate values, to taxation, to the quality of preparation provided to our future leaders as they emerge from their schooling and enter into the “real world.” I also believe that democracy is all about listening to – and truly considering – new ideas and opinions, and that diversity of thought and idea are the key ingredients to making high quality decisions that bring positive, productive …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A Letter to the Editor from Winchester resident Stacy Jaquinta.
[Editor's note: The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted by Winchehster resident Stacy Jaquinta.] Dear Winchester Patch, I am writing on behalf (of) Brian A. Vernaglia, my neighbor and lifelong Winchester resident, who is a candidate for Winchester School Committee on the March 26 ballot. Brian has my family’s full support because he is committed to improving our school system to better serve the needs of students, parents, teachers and administrators alike. Further, Brian is quick to comprehend complex issues and the needs of different stakeholders, and he is ready and willing to work with all parties to find mutually beneficial solutions to the challenges that we as a community face. As you enter the voting booth on Tuesday, …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The deadline for 'Statements of Interest' is Friday, Jan. 11.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The following is from the Winchester Public Schools. REQUEST for STATEMENTS OF INTEREST for the CARRIAGE HOUSE The Winchester School Committee is seeking Statements of Interest in a long-term lease of the physical plant known as the "Carriage House" on the Ambrose Elementary School Campus bordered by Cambridge St. (RT 3), High St., Westland Ave. and Oneida Rd. (see footnote at bottom of announcement) Built in 1906, the 4,600sf 2-story Carriage House is a unique and historic structure situated between the Ambrose Elementary School (built 2005) with a current enrollment of 518 K-5 students and the Sanborn House (built 1906), the latter of which is under long-term lease to the Winchester Historical Society which has assumed stewardship for …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Winchester School Committee meets tonight to discuss redistricting plans, and Winchester Patch wants to know which is your favorite.
The Winchester School Committee is meeting tonight to discuss the redistricting plans. The meeting was moved to the Winchester High School auditorium and will start at 7:30 p.m. The revised map-based proposals from the Redistricting Advisory Committee as well as the alternative plans will be up for discussion. The RAC has five options for redistributing approximately 200 elementary school students between the schools in the next two years. Enrollment projections from the New England School Development Council helped in the development of these proposed models. Parents also submitted five alternate plans in response to RAC's request for feedback from the public after concerns were raised from Superintendent William McAlduff's intial …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The next Winchester School Committee meeting will be in the high school auditorium on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The Winchester School Committee moved its Thursday meeting from the Lynch School library to the Winchester High School auditorium. The meeting will still be at 7:30 p.m. If you aren't able to attend, you can view it live from WinCam on Verizon 38 or Comcast 22. The School Committee will continue the discussion of both the revised Redistricting Advisory Committee maps as well as the alternative plans. The alternative plans consist of: Two Letters to the Editor were submitted this week in favor of the ALO plan. You can submit a Letter to the Editor with your thoughts on the plans via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have "Letter to the Editor" in the subject line as well as your name and street in the email. Stay updated on …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Winchester School Committee will meet Tuesday, June 19 to discuss any redistricting plan updates.
The Winchester School Committee tabled the proposed redistricting plan per Superintendent William McAlduff’s recommendation. Although McAlduff said he believed the plan was on track when he proposed it May 22, with the community suggestions, he recommended both him and the committee take more time to assess the feedback. “It appears to me to review all the feedback, questions and concerns in a thoughtful and responsive manner simply requires more time,” he explained. School Committee Member Cindy Bohne agreed and made the motion to table the redistricting item till the next regular meeting on June 26. Bohne said the committee needs to take the proper amount of time to be thoughtful and deliberate with this issue even if it requires …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
With the public hearing on the proposed redistricting plan less than a week away, Winchester Patch wants to know what you think about the plan.
The Redistricting Advisory Committee made its final recommendation for the redistricting changes affecting several Winchester elementary schools. If passed, the changes will go into effect for the 2013-2014 academic year. Before then, a public hearing is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at Winchester High School. The School Committee, who makes the final decision on redistricting changes, will hold a special meeting for the final vote 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at the high school. The proposed map has been attached to this article. You can also view Superintendent William McAlduff's presentation from Tuesday, May 22 when he presented the final recommendation to the School Committee. More information about how to submit comments to the School…
As an Oak Street resident for 14 years, this Winchester parent and realtor questions aspects of the proposed redistricting plan.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
My family has lived on Oak Street for 14 years. Our daughters attended Lincoln Elementary, a 10-minute walk from our house. Many cherished memories, indeed some of our best Winchester friendships, were made lingering while the kids played at “our” school playground before meandering home. Therefore I was shocked and saddened by the School Redistricting Plan. If accepted, it threatens to compromise our beloved in-town, walkable lifestyle, and weaken the desirability that brought many young families to our neighborhood. It will erase the rich tradition of families strolling down Washington Street with backpacked kids for morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up, heading to or coming from the train to work. At-home parents who now bundle up …
A Winchester parent says while the committees surrounding the redistricting plan want to make the town better, the proposed plan doesn't achieve this goal.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I live in Spruce-Lincoln community. Both of my kids are in Lincoln Elementary School though only my younger one will be forced to transfer to Lynch, according to the RAC plan. I read RAC's report and do not think this proposed report will achieve the goals that they set up. First of all, the goal of redistricting, according to RAC, is to establish close to similar size of schools for kids of different schools. There is no valid model to project student size in the schools for the future. Moving/renting/relocating due to economic and house market reasons makes the mode within a confidence level impossible. Even for the whole school, different grades will possibly to have different number of kids. To achieve an average class size or teacher-…