• Everett,  May 25 2018

    Ten percent of Everett teachers face layoffs

    Despite $6.5 million contribution from city, schools $5.5 million short – about 100 positions By Brendan Clogston   Without additional funding, around 100 School Department employees will be laid off before the beginning of the next school year, despite a proposed $6.5 million contribution to the schools from the city. The School Committee voted to approve the department’s $81,380,955 spending plan Monday night. During a presentation preceding the vote, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Charles Obremski informed the committee that unless additional funds are made available to the district, the School Department will cut about 100 positions. Among those laid off, 67 will be teachers, the rest being clerical workers, computer…

  • Lynnfield,  May 25 2018

    School officials look at two-year Progress Review

     By Christopher Roberson   In what was perhaps their most important meeting of the year, the School Committee, the district leadership team and building principals recently came together to discuss the Lynnfield Public Schools Progress Review for 2017-2019. During the May 22 meeting, Summer Street Elementary School Principal Gregory Hurray said last September he asked his teachers to develop new ways of presenting differentiated instruction in their classrooms. In January of this year, the Summer Street teachers met to share what they had been working on during the fall. Hurray said he was thrilled with the results of the meeting. “The conversation was really wonderful,” he said. Director of Student…

  • March 2 2018,  Saugus

    The Public’s Right to Know

    An ongoing series on the challenges of making open government work in Saugus By Mark E. Vogler For the local candidates who raise and spend money to campaign for the Board of Selectmen or the School Committee, failure to report their political finances can be as costly as a speeding ticket — and much more. If a candidate whose name is on the ballot files a late report, he or she can be fined $25-a-day up to $5,000, according to Jason Tait, director of communications and public education at the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance in Boston. “We get referrals from local election offices and town clerks,” Tait…

  • February 16 2018,  Saugus

    “A good fit” for Saugus

    Crabtree touts hiring of School Committee Chair to part-time town clerical job  By Mark E. Vogler   School Committee Chair Jeanette Meredith began a new part-time job with the Town of Saugus this week as a “floating office clerk” who could play a versatile role, filling in as a substitute at various positions, according to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. “I think her experience and familiarity with the workings of the municipality is a plus,” Crabtree told The Saugus Advocate. “That’s why HR [town Department of Human Resources] and I thought she would be a good fit. That’s why she was hired,” Crabtree said. Meredith, a Saugus native and graduate…

  • December 8, 2017,  Everett

    City mourns sudden loss of School Committee Member Baniewicz

    The city lost another longtime public servant this week, as current and longtime member of the Everett School Committee Richard Baniewicz unexpectedly passed away on Saturday. The 15-year School Committee member and former three-term member of the Common Council was 67. He was a past chairman and vice chairman of the School Committee. There will be no special election to fill his at-Large seat. A joint convention of the City Council and School Committee will convene to appoint a replacement to serve the full term Baniewicz was elected for only last month. The appointment will be the second of its kind this year, after Robert Carreiro’s sudden passing in October…