Well, another month has zipped by but at least the weather and the temps are improving and snow is done for this year.
In the happenings in the towns, budget time is here and the school budget has yet to be set even though the deadline has passed. It would appear that there is a slight difference in figures from the school head man as against figures that the School Committee is considering to release as their budget.
This new twist in just who is releasing the school budget has caused some comments in folks who attend the regular School Committee meetings. In past years, the yearly budget came from the superintendent’s office and it was approved by the School Committee.
And also on school matters, the members of the School Committee has sent out a copy of their findings and have stated that they have accepted over half of the so-called recommendations. Also, they did not accept several of the items due to the fact they did not feel they fitted in a school system our size.
In discussing the audit report, the committee did not use any of the recommendations to show any savings in the upcoming budget, and stated they did not see how some of the items listed could save funds.
In other events, a story in the Boston newspaper recently listed the towns of Hamilton and Wenham, along with several other towns, as having the highest tax figures in the state. Not exactly an unknown fact for folks of these towns. One thing that folks have to remember is that all the override votes that passed in recent years are still showing up on the yearly tax figures. In so many words, an override vote carries over year after year, not just the year it passed.
In a recent letter to the editor to the local newspaper, one taxpayer stated that with the funds to operate the towns and the school system not too plentiful, the folks in the school department didn’t feel that way and sent out a very colorful brochure that listed how the school system has had a lot of successes during the year.
The letter went on the say the money spent on the brochure should have been better spent on some needed repair work on the school buildings. The cost of the brochure project was listed as $3,200.
And the now looks very nice once again with the full-sized granite steps in place, replacing the old and broken steps and building now has that normal look again.
And that should do it for this week. Maybe next week I will be able to say I think that we have seen the last of snow for a while, maybe? And the last comment is this, why is a boxing ring square? Bye, bye.