Three towns vote on overrides Thursday

Three towns vote on overrides Thursday

There are 15 comments on the Nashoba Publishing Online story from Jun 14, 2012, titled Three towns vote on overrides Thursday. In it, Nashoba Publishing Online reports that:

On Thursday, cross-district Proposition 2 1/2 override votes will be held in Pepperell, Townsend and Ashby to fund the North Middlesex Regional School District budget.

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mee

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Jun 18, 2012
VOTE NO !!
Children Deserve The Best

Natick, MA

#2 Jun 19, 2012
mee wrote:
VOTE NO !!
Seriously? Voting no will mean reduction in services at all schools - further putting our children behind the rest of world when it comes to quality education. This vote is required simply to sustain level funding at last year's service levels due to reductions in state aid. Our children will be the ones who turn this country around, but only if we support them and provide the highest level of quality education available.
mee

Fitchburg, MA

#3 Jun 19, 2012
Children Deserve The Best wrote:
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Seriously? Voting no will mean reduction in services at all schools - further putting our children behind the rest of world when it comes to quality education. This vote is required simply to sustain level funding at last year's service levels due to reductions in state aid. Our children will be the ones who turn this country around, but only if we support them and provide the highest level of quality education available.
Not to many towns in Ma. have voted to override prop 2 1/2 and they are making it work. We need to cut the fat. We all want what's best for our kids but in this bad economy my vote has to be NO. To many people are struggling to keep their homes right now and this will just make it worse if it passes.
A Veteran

Leominster, MA

#4 Jun 20, 2012
mee wrote:
<quoted text>
Not to many towns in Ma. have voted to override prop 2 1/2 and they are making it work. We need to cut the fat. We all want what's best for our kids but in this bad economy my vote has to be NO. To many people are struggling to keep their homes right now and this will just make it worse if it passes.
That is so true we have to cut but, a lot of state officials, leaders of prisons, so many make $100,000 and more when most of us struggle with just $30,000 a year. Cut the fat and those huge salaries.
bob

Andover, MA

#5 Jun 20, 2012
Do our children really need to learn Mandarin Chinese ?
millrat

Brookline, NH

#6 Jun 20, 2012
I,ll vote yes when teachers and staff stop
retiring in there 50's with pensions and
medical for life, while most of us will be
working till we drop dead !!
Family of 5

Gardner, MA

#7 Jun 20, 2012
I'm voting NO. Why is it that the children will always suffer unless we don't continue to spend more money? Its the same message we've heard the last 20 years. Let's look at the spending side of the equation. Where does all the money go? Enrollment has dropped, so the number of principals, teachers, and the host of administrators should be reduced as well. We should consolidate schools where possible. As far as the unions go, I don't have a problem paying a fair wage, but why do we have to contribute a cent to your medical costs and retirement fund? I guess the children will continue to suffer as long as the people who control the budget take care of themselves first.
me again

Lowell, MA

#8 Jun 20, 2012
Family of 5 wrote:
I'm voting NO. Why is it that the children will always suffer unless we don't continue to spend more money? Its the same message we've heard the last 20 years. Let's look at the spending side of the equation. Where does all the money go? Enrollment has dropped, so the number of principals, teachers, and the host of administrators should be reduced as well. We should consolidate schools where possible. As far as the unions go, I don't have a problem paying a fair wage, but why do we have to contribute a cent to your medical costs and retirement fund? I guess the children will continue to suffer as long as the people who control the budget take care of themselves first.
voting no.
Bob

Andover, MA

#9 Jun 21, 2012
If I ran my business like they do the school system
A: would I be bankrupt
or
B: would the taxpayers come to my rescue
Did the Spaulding School really need copper ridge vents, copper dormers & a copper cuppolla ?
If thats where my money is going they can start the pink slips now
VOTE NO
term limits

Burlington, MA

#10 Jun 22, 2012
Raise taxes it's for the children same old story same old song and dance my friend. How about this for our children keep the taxes down so they can afford to live here and raise a family instead of moving away to a state they can afford.
South Row

Haverhill, MA

#11 Jun 22, 2012
millrat wrote:
I,ll vote yes when teachers and staff stop
retiring in there 50's with pensions and
medical for life, while most of us will be
working till we drop dead !!
Don't forget the part where they get hired in NH for the same jobs they did here, for full pay, while STILL collecting their Massachusetts retirement pensions.
poor farm

Brookline, NH

#12 Aug 24, 2012
override vote 8/28 to pay for moe's
golden parachute.
No on Aug 28th

Haverhill, MA

#13 Aug 25, 2012
And here's why...did you know that according to the pie charts posted on the regional website we pay almost a 1/4 of a million dollars on copy machines and supplies...and we also purchase text books...the ones they are taking copies of ??? The largest portion of the chart is wages...but they don't separate the retired teachers and their pensions out of that .... the Teachers Union is the new mafia!!! The Union needs to make adjustments based on today's economics...and stop expecting those that do not have the money to pay for their gorging! At $40,000.00 salary per year Divided by the days worked 180 (and I realize its more days spent working than that)$222.22 per day..I could only hope to see that kind of money in my life time. Or lets do this math... Admin @$110000.00 salary all expenses paid / 365 days a year equals $301.37 per day Honestly! So glad I learned math in school along with the other 29 kids I was in class with :)
me again

United States

#14 Aug 27, 2012
Voting no Again. My vote is strictly against an override. This has nothing to do with what I think about the schools or their budget.

Since: Jan 09

Gardner, MA

#16 Aug 29, 2012
Citizen...I hope you have the same point of view when they come asking for more next year...because they will..its never going to be enough. They have to pay teachers and admin pensions till they die...and they can retire at 55.. As for the trailer comment..are you sure your neighbor ...you know the women who has been paying her share of taxes right along for all the years she has lived here and now only has a social security check to live off of can decide whether to eat today or take only half the medication she as been prescribed because she cant afford to loose her house??? I hope you sleep well tonight knowing you may just have made her life so much more difficult even with a small increase.How about you back down and be gracious that the guilt trip you sent our kids home with helped you pass this obscene budget.

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