School proposal tops Ashburnham warrant tonight - Sentinel & Enterprise

Town officials are hoping for good attendance at Special Town Meeting tonight as the town takes on several key issues, including deciding whether to advance a proposal on whether to borrow money to build a new John R. Briggs Elementary School. Full Story
citizen

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Nov 17, 2010
We will be thier tio vote NO on briggs The town should be ashamed to think of this at this time.
josh

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Nov 17, 2010
Let the state pay 100% or no deal, They are giving away free college education to ILLEGAL immigrants.
Seriously

Gardner, MA

#3 Nov 17, 2010
Can the Sentinel get anything right? Sylvia Turcotte is the Administrator's Assistant not the Town Clerk! So... who is suppose to be getting the raise? Admin. Assistant OR Town Clerk?

Never will the Town of Ashburnham have the opportunity to be reimbursed from the MSBA well over 50% to build a new school to meet today's codes and standards. Now is the time!

VOTE YES FOR J. R. BRIGGS SCHOOL!
resident

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Nov 17, 2010
I and my family will vote No. This town must grow up!
Reality Check

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Nov 17, 2010
The Briggs School is at the end of it's life span. It has serious issues that need to be addressed NOW ! It has air quality that is making kids SICK! It burns 26 gallons of oil A DAY in the winter. It will have to be replaced and we are recieving over half the cost of the project of OUR MONEY (that we pay in sales taxes )! If we turn that money down by voting no some other town that is more farsighted than we are WILL GET THE MONEY. So how about a little short term pain for a school that we need NOW ! I know that I can't afford a higher tax bill, but if we don't do this now we lose a great opportunity to get a great building, and everyone voting no will be complaining when we have to pay for the entire amount ourselves. So try to think of the big picture and vote yes.
Ash Resident

Worcester, MA

#6 Nov 17, 2010
The comments on here are so ridiculous. How should the town grow up? Isn't being a grown up making smart educated choices? Even when it is hard on the wallet or not the best economic timing. The timing for reimbursement couldn't be better. Also...get your facts strait. Instate tuition for illegal immegrants is not free tuition. It is the rate paid by residents to attend state colleges vs. non residents. If you are going to rant about all the choices the state makes at least get it right so you don't look so foolish. The state will not pay 100%, period. Why not look at all the facts? You get what you pay for. If you don't want to pay now, you will continue to pay later for a school that needs a lot of work.
Joe

Southbridge, MA

#7 Nov 17, 2010
I have a bunch of questions for tonight. To make a decision prior to questions getting answered is foolish. I will note one of mine, the 26 gallons of fuel per DAY was noted per HOUR in the yellow handout. Which ever it is, how much is the new school expected to use? If it's 15 - big difference, if it's 25 then a non issue. I have others and they need to be answered for me to make a vote.
resident

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Nov 17, 2010
How can the town grow up?
1 not paying 6 million for a waste of a public safety building, When in the middle of a sat afternoon they cant get an emt to the center of town.
2.Rediong a town hall when they cant even use all the oiffices, then only run 4 days a week. also not redoing the roof only 2 yrs old and leaking.
3. Giving only to schools and not doing anything for the taxpayers like, decient roads, drinking water in n. ashburnham, trash pickup, a public beech with many lakes to choose from.
4.Dont expect the seniors to cutback for schools,especially when they are not great a 7 out of 10 only great compared to fitchburg.
5.Ashburnham cant keep help Paicos,Dennehy,Shanahan,Smith, Ouellette, and others. This is a start how the town is a failuer.
Get Educated People

Westminster, MA

#9 Nov 17, 2010
Regarding resident in comment #8...where are you getting "the numbers 7 out of 10" compared to...gulp..."fitchburg "?! Have you seen the MCAS scores of Oakmont vs. Fitchburg? Would you want your child going to Fitchburg knowing that they are earning significantly lower scores in all areas of this assessment compared to the fine citizens and thinkers of our district? Have you driven through Fitchburg lately? Yikes...talk about you get what you pay for! Tenement housing, run down apartment buildings, gangs, drugs, murder...Attract families to our town that demand quality education in buildings that are state of the art, heading in the right direction with technology, and aren't "sick" with mold growing in classrooms. The better the education, the better the families with better values and morals which means higher property value for you should you decide to leave this sleepy community. Don't take out your aggression on the future of our children's health and education because of other issues...THIS issue is well researched, well funded, and good for ALL in the end. I don't agree with all that has gone on in the past in Ashburnham, but I've done my homework on THIS issue and ignorance can not stand in the way of this most important issue passing!
resident

Fitchburg, MA

#10 Nov 17, 2010
Sorry fitchburg is a two very poor Ashburnham is a a seven just saying reading 9, andover 8, winchester 9 etc.
Ashburnham just passing compaired to state levels.
This is like comparing Cushing to Phillips Andover or Phillips Exeter both Phillips are superior to Cushing a lower standard of education.
Remember the Kindle replacing librarys well it ok for cushing it may be alright for replacing schools.
No matter how much you spend you will never compare to essex county school.
resident

Fitchburg, MA

#11 Nov 17, 2010
Also Location, location, location, Ashburnham is in the wrong spot you see many leaving when heating and gas rise. thus lowering the value of houses even more.
Joe

Southbridge, MA

#12 Nov 17, 2010
It passed - overwhelmingly.

The 26 gallons has no equiv as they are going to do 'bio-mass'= pellets, anticipated savings $30K per yr.

$1.89 per 1000 school +$0.99 per 1000 this years tax rate increase =~$275 per year on 100K

DEC 16th is the vote
Get Educated People

Westminster, MA

#13 Nov 17, 2010
Well, an overwhelming majority agree with me therefore putting the question on the ballot in December. Success! Look-you are going to have to spend the 13,ooo,ooo one way or another. End of story whether it be a fixed up school or a new school. Doesnt sound like rocket science to me. The money will be spent to get Briggs out of being a category 4 school-doesn't it make sense to build anew instead of putting bandaids over the problems? they will just need fixing later on too costing us more money. new or old? same $. duh.
Get Educated People

Westminster, MA

#14 Nov 17, 2010
resident wrote:
Also Location, location, location, Ashburnham is in the wrong spot you see many leaving when heating and gas rise. thus lowering the value of houses even more.
then why are you here? we happen to enjoy our sleepy little town. no, we are not a harvard or lexington...and i've worked inside cushing to see that oakmont does far better than those kids who are shuffled off because their parents dont want them for the year. Great ELL school...regular ed kids...eh...
citizen

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Nov 17, 2010
I moved here because of cheap taxes the town has nothing to show for it Ill be glad to get out of this cesspool.

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