Friday, April 20, 2018

TO: Board of Selectmen
FROM: Carter Terenzini, Town Administrator
RE: Administrator’s Weekly Report
DATE: April 19, 2018
CC: All Departments

Town Clerk:

Absentee ballots are now available to those who qualify. All of the requested absentee ballots have mailed out. In reserving the auditorium for the Annual Town Meeting, the school has informed me that the auditorium is booked for May 19th and that it cannot be changed. The TA and myself will be looking at the Middle School & High School gyms to see which one will best fit our needs
from an earlier post:

With recent discussion and newspaper articles talking of Templeton, MA being under effort in support of the school district, I find it interesting that the Narragansett Regional school district shows the highest average teacher salaries in the immediate area; if you look at the report on the web site of DESE (department of secondary elementary education, you find NRHS at $76,742.00, Gardner at $69,195.00, Winchendon at $71,029.00, Athol-Royalston at $65,972.00 and Ashburnham-Westminster at $70,190.00. Templeton voters/taxpayers also voted to appropriate (make available) 47 million dollars towards the building of a new elementary school. The other town in the two town school district opted to not support this effort. Templeton residents, you are not under effort in supporting your school (s), in fact, you are providing more funding than even the DESE mandates and have been doing so for a number of years.
Time for that myth to be put to rest.

Seems there are two different places to look for comparison on Teacher Salaries:

Link #1  divides by 91 teachers and is for FY17.
Link #2  divides by 102 teachers for FY16;
yielding two different averages, $ 76,742.00 and $ 67,147.00.

So depending on which one you look at or use, you can present a different dollar figure, one high and one lower. The question becomes which one to use in presentation, are the figures correct, with regards to the number of teachers? I try very hard to present correct information, so if you read this and go check, you will be aware of the variation.

Article 31 of the Annual Town Meeting warrant to be held May 19, 2018 requires a 2/3 vote rather than the posted on Town website as only a majority vote required. This was questioned at recent Advisory Committee meeting. Town Administrator acknowledged it did require a 2/3 vote to pass. The original draft copy had it as a 2/3 vote. The final, for posting Town Meeting Warrant has it as majority vote required.
Watch for this at Town Meeting.

Vote Jeff Bennett for Selectmen
It is time for a change!

By attending all 8 district reorganization meetings, I have first hand knowledge of how things went. It was not a formal committee, there was no chair, vice chair or clerk. Someone did keep a record of sorts of what was discussed. For instance, nothing was really voted on. If you watch (ed) the meeting with the presentation, those items were a result of general discussion. The dollar figure presented as a possible savings comes from the school and needs to be checked further.
Again, Templeton voters were told, when they voted the $47 million dollars, that their students ( pre -K, kindergarten and grades 1 thru 5 would attend the new elementary school with Phillipston grades 1 thru 5 attending the Phillipston elementary school. I think it is time to follow through on what was told / promised to the voters.
Again, the insight of how, what and why with regards to the district reorganization committee was gained by actually attending the meetings I said I would attend. That is a difference between myself and Julie Richards. I recall when she first ran 3 years ago, one of her talking points was "she gets things done." So, when Julie Richards volunteers to be a selectmen representative on a committee but never shows up, is that getting things done? Two people volunteer for something, one person attends all of the meetings, the other never shows up. Who would you want representing you?

Please vote Jeff Bennett for Selectmen