Tyngsboro hikes cost of school lunches

Tyngsboro hikes cost of school lunches

There are 58 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jul 16, 2008, titled Tyngsboro hikes cost of school lunches. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

In the town that recently hiked its already high bus and school athletic user fees, Tyngsboro parents likely understand that there's rarely such a thing as a free lunch.

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Taxpayer

Walpole, MA

#22 Jul 16, 2008
Chelmsford fees wrote:
Just got the voice recorded message from Chelmsford finance manager that $200 per student bus fee is due August 1 to reserve your child's seat on the bus. Hope the "no" nitwits .
Do you know what at "nitwit" is? It's someone that would pay $300 or more for an override so they could save $200 in bus fees. I hope they don't give the schools any more money, they aren't helping any of you morons.
Disgusted American

Lowell, MA

#23 Jul 16, 2008
karen wrote:
make their lunches!!
then they can have their cake and eat it too.
cheaper, healthier and you know what they have til they trade or throw it away.
I agree it would probably be healthier, I don't think it would be cheaper though. Have you been to the grocery store lately?
TyngRes

Lowell, MA

#24 Jul 16, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
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Do you know what at "nitwit" is? It's someone that would pay $300 or more for an override so they could save $200 in bus fees. I hope they don't give the schools any more money, they aren't helping any of you morons.
You really don't get it, do you Taxpayer? If you'd paid the slightest bit of attention you would know that the $300 increase would have covered so much more than bus fees. It would have covered minor things like TEACHERS in the classroom. But I guess we don't want to spoil those kids who want an education, do we?
Tyngsboro Parent

Lowell, MA

#25 Jul 16, 2008
I agree that the costs are ridiculous but Tyngs. is not the only town in this situation. I think the parents of the Tyngsboro students need to take a good luck at where the school money is spent and how much waste goes on. As a parent volunteer the amount of paper and other supplies that I see get wasted is absurd.
Can someone also please explain to me why everytime I'm there I see three or more janitors on duty at a time (although they seem like nice guys) what the heck are they really doing.......and how much overtime do they get to stand around during all the after school activities....I'm sure it's enough to fund another teachers salary....does anybody else notice this????
Disgusted American

Lowell, MA

#26 Jul 16, 2008
Well I don't think the three janitors are the source of the wasted tax dollars. How many kids go to the school and how much work is it to pick up after 5 kids? You do the math.
Taxpayer

Walpole, MA

#27 Jul 17, 2008
TyngRes wrote:
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You really don't get it, do you Taxpayer? If you'd paid the slightest bit of attention you would know that the $300 increase would have covered so much more than bus fees. It would have covered minor things like TEACHERS in the classroom. But I guess we don't want to spoil those kids who want an education, do we?
You are the one that doesn't get it. You can pass an override every year and they'll still want more the following year. Just the cost of their health care insurance goes up double digits every year and they won't budge on it. In real life you don't get that option. Your employer tells you what you'll contribute and that's it. Unless you're very wealthy, you must be, the growth of the tax bill can not continue. People don't have the money and can't print it.
Who-Cares

Andover, MA

#28 Jul 17, 2008
Not True--the school committee just this week is studing the possibility. We will not need the school when the new charter school opens at BU. They will be happy to run a daycare center. The rest could easily move to the elementary school that will have rooms empty. The alternative is to do nothing but charge more and more and more. The town and school employees have done heir share. Facility costs need to be looked at--new lighting--my company got energy efficient lighting for nothing.
Taxpayer wrote:
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Didn't you hear, Deval wants to make preschool mandatory. Can't close the school.
Joey

Northborough, MA

#29 Jul 17, 2008
[QUOTE who=" Hope the "no" nitwits that voted "no" on the override and for President busH who cut federal funds to local districts and for Romney (what's in it for me& my career) who cut local aid to cities and towns 1st year in office are happy .[/QUOTE]

Don't worry. Gov. Deval will save the day with his additional local aid that he promised during his campaign.
AL F

Boston, MA

#30 Jul 17, 2008
Yep...it is a crime that the cost of a school lunch has gone up...have you been to the supermarket lately? or noticed the price of fuel for the truck that delivers that food?(I wish I could get a half-decent meal for under $3.00!)Would you work in the kitchen all day for free? Yes most of the employees that work there do get paid. How much did you make last year? I'll bet it's more (quite a bit more) than they earned!!
As far as the "janitors"....you ever look at what those little angels leave behind at the end of a school day? Take a tour of the restrooms for example...Ya think the floors and walls get cleaned by "magic"? Right, the "magic" janitors!
TyngRes

Lowell, MA

#31 Jul 17, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
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Just the cost of their health care insurance goes up double digits every year and they won't budge on it. In real life you don't get that option. Your employer tells you what you'll contribute and that's it.
I thought the teachers agreed to increase their contribution from 20% to 25%. That sounds like "budging" to me!
RESIDENT

Brewster, NY

#32 Jul 17, 2008
Tyngsboro Parent wrote:
Can someone also please explain to me why everytime I'm there I see three or more janitors on duty at a time (although they seem like nice guys) what the heck are they really doing.......and how much overtime do they get to stand around during all the after school activities....I'm sure it's enough to fund another teachers salary....does anybody else notice this????
WHen they are not out of the building every hour, they are standing there or walking around with their hands in their pockets..
Wondering

Walpole, MA

#33 Jul 17, 2008
TyngRes wrote:
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I thought the teachers agreed to increase their contribution from 20% to 25%. That sounds like "budging" to me!
If they did that then good, they should do it every year.
I see the lite

Londonderry, NH

#34 Jul 17, 2008
Leave the Janitors alone,some one has to pick up after the kids,the teachers won't,80% of school funds go to the teachers .Also they have the summer off nice country.
Kevin

United States

#35 Jul 17, 2008
Chelmsford Fees. Everyone is going to vote no. Why should we vote to give the cities and towns more money when they are just going to waste it?
They hire more teachers, buy undeveloped land for conservation and give the administrators big raises, then they say there is no money left in the budget and threaten to charge for popular programs to get the overide. You may fall for it, but I'm certianly not going to fall for it again.
Kevin

United States

#36 Jul 17, 2008
Me thinks TyngRes is actually feeding at the public trough.
Taxpayer

Walpole, MA

#37 Jul 17, 2008
amazing wrote:
So we increase the cost of lunches for kids 5-18 years ( who dont have an income), and we discount lunches for seniors 62-90 years ( who get fixed checks and own their homes mortgage free). The seniors don't mind either , could care less, always looking for a handout and abatement, discount, freebies.
And BTW, dimwit, when my two kids were "5-18 years" I paid for their lunches, housing, food, medical expenses, etc. That's what parents do.

Since: Jun 08

Rochester, NH

#38 Jul 18, 2008
Has anyone comlaining here ever run for a seat on the School Committee? Or do you just complain and hope that changes magically happen?
Taxpayer

Walpole, MA

#39 Jul 18, 2008
benjee wrote:
Has anyone comlaining here ever run for a seat on the School Committee? Or do you just complain and hope that changes magically happen?
Changes won't happen. It's about funding and the way things get funded. Our town will get less from the state than it did last year. I guess health care insurance and energy and food all must have gone down. The governor said he would lower re taxes. He lied.
Former resident

Manchester, NH

#40 Jul 18, 2008
Taxpayer wrote:
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What is amazing to me is that you probably graduated from one of our public schools.
Please, moron, answer a few questions for me.
1. What is a fixed check?
2. If a senior doesn't have a mortgage it's because he made monthly payments for 30 years. What is the problem with that?
3. I'm a senior, I don't look for handouts. Please explain why?
If you are so worried about finances, perhaps you could give up your internet service.
I left Tyngsboro, where I grew up, because I was so tired of listening to my older neighbors complain about educating children AFTER their own children went through the school system. If you do not want to support the essential education of subsequent generations, move to a location that suits your needs.
Diogenes said the foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
Taxpayer

Walpole, MA

#42 Jul 18, 2008
Former resident wrote:
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I left Tyngsboro, where I grew up, because I was so tired of listening to my older neighbors complain about educating children AFTER their own children went through the school system.
And you know what, I paid them back at least 12 times over. I'm glad you're gone.

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