Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Junior Timothy Connor takes over for Faith Moses as Barrington High School's representative to the School Committee.
Senior-to-be Timothy Connor has taken over from Faith Moses as the student representative to the Barrington School Committee. He attended his first meeting last Thursday, June 6. Timothy was selected from about a dozen applicants who went through a rigorous interview process with high school teachers and staff. He was introduced by Superintendent Michal Messore last week as active in the Science Olympiad and on the Debate Team. He also has spent a semester in Washington D.C. as a Senate page. Timothy will represent the students through May of next year. Faith served as the 2012-2013 student representative. Her final meeting was in May. She will enroll at Boston University this fall.
Friday, June 7, 2013
The Barrington School Committee asks the superintendent to look at the financial feasibility of starting full-day kindergarten in mid-year next year after fending off hours of demands by parents.
All-day kindergarten in Barrington is dead for next fall, but it could be launched in January. The Barrington School Committee voted 4-0 Thursday night to ask Superintendent Michael Messore to look into the financial feasibility of launching all-day kindergarten mid-year next school year. Most of the School Committee members seemed adamant that starting all-day kindergarten in the fall was not possible with the $45.6 million spending plan approved by voters at the Financial Town Meeting two weeks ago. The vote by the school board came after several hours of being bombarded with comments and criticism by dozens of parents and all-day kindergarten proponents who demanded that the full-day program be started in the fall. “Your job is to make…
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The Barrington School Committee heard widespread support for full-day kindergarten next year at the Financial Town Meeting with or without more money.
The School Committee gets back to the business of trying to finance all-day kindergarten in Barrington for next school year without hurting other programs at its first June meeting tonight. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the School Committee Meeting Room in Town Hall. The School Committee heard just about everybody at the annual Financial Town Meeting on May 22 call for the start of full-day kindergarten as a significant need in Barrington. Voters just didn’t favor adding another $631,000 to next year’s budget to do it. The School Committee is on record as well in support of starting all-day kindergarten next year – but only if it can do it without having a negative impact on other programs. The board voted 3-2 in early May to handle the…
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Barrington School Committee votes 3-2 to start all-day kindergarten next fall if sufficient funds can be found in the budget without having a negative impact on other programs.
Full-day kindergarten will start in Barrington next fall with a condition – sufficient cash can be found in the school budget to fund it with or without the $633,000 amendment to go before voters at the Financial Town Meeting next week. A vote in favor of the amendment, of course, would certainly make that task much easier. The School Committee voted 3-2 Thursday night to move forward with all-day kindergarten in September. The nay votes were cast by Scott Fuller, who supports the superintendent’s recommendation to wait a year, and Paula Dominguez, who supports starting all-day kindergarten no matter what. “I can’t believe we can’t find money in a $46 million budget,” said Dominguez. “I support all-day kindergarten, not this motion. I …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Barrington School Committee holds a special meeting tonight on full-day kindergarten; a report from its subcommittee to be center of attention.
The Barrington school board holds a special meeting tonight on all-day kindergarten. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the School Committee Room in Town Hall. A report from the subcommittee for the Barrington School Committee that has been assessing all-day kindergarten will be presented, said Robert Shea Jr., School Committee chairman. Superintendent Michael Messore has been leading that subcommittee. It’s possible that a decision on all-day kindergarten could be made tonight as the school board sits down again to deal with a proposed budget that right now is a few hundred thousand dollars short of what the committee wants for the schools next year. The shortage comes from the Committee on Appropriations’ recommendation at last night’s …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The two Barrington boards cannot reach common ground on a proposed increase in school spending for next year, so it's on to the Financial Town Meeting.
The Committee on Appropriations bumped heads with the School Committee over the proposed school budget for next year one last time on Thursday night. It was a session that ended with frowns on all faces. The boards could not reach common ground on a proposed budget increase to take before the Financial Town Meeting in about three weeks. The COA has proposed a $900,000 boost – much less than the $1.675 the School Committee proposed before a new teachers’ contract was approved a few days ago. That contract will now shave about a half million dollars from the original School Committee request. But that still leaves about a $300,000 gap. The COA actually upped its proposed boost in spending to $1.1 million during the meeting -- but contingent…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Barrington School Committee meets again on Thursday evening with the spending plan for 2013-2014 expected to dominate the session.
The proposed budget for next year is expected to dominate the next Barrington School Committee meeting on Thursday evening, May 2. The board meets at 7:30 pm in the School Committee Meeting Room in Town Hall. Proposed spending for next year could not be finalized without the approval of a new contract with the teachers’ union, which makes up most of the $46.18 million budget. With last night’s approval of a new three-year contract, the School Committee now can determine more exact spending for all line items. Here is the complete agenda for Thursday’s meeting: BARRINGTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING Government Center, 283 County Road AGENDA May 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m. A. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (approx. 7:30 – 7:32 p.m.) B. ACHIEVEMENT …
The Barrington School Committee votes 3-2 on a new pact with the NEAB that freezes salaries except for step increases for all teachers lower than step 10 in all three years.
Barrington’s teachers have a new contract. The School Committee approved on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night a new three-year pact with the National Education Association Barrington. The teachers’ union ratified the contract on Monday night. It runs from July 1 this year through June 30, 2016. Voting for the contract were Chairman Robert Shea Jr., Vice-Chair Kate Brody and Patrick Guida; voting against the contract were Scott Fuller and Paula Dominguez. The new contract freezes salaries except for mandated step increases for all teachers lower than step 10 in all three years -- approximately 20 percent of the teachers. Teachers at step 10 -- about 80 percent of 274 teachers in Barrington -- get 1.95 percent pay hikes in years two and three along…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A special session of the school board will be held tonight at 7:30 pm to 'discuss and vote' on the NEAB and Steelworkers contracts.
The Barrington School Committee meets today at 7 pm in a special session to discuss and vote on a proposed teachers’ contract for the next three years. The board also will discuss and vote on a new contract for custodians. The special meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the School Committee meeting room in Town Hall. "That's the intent of the meeting," said School Committee Chairman Robert Shea Jr. "To approve the contracts. Everything will be done in public." The National Education Association Barrington and Steelworkers contracts will run from July 1 to June 30, 2016. The special meeting follows a separate 6 pm subcommittee meeting on the cost of all-day kindergarten in the conference room in Barrington High School.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Barrington School Committee member Scott Fuller said he thinks his colleagues need to come to grips with school spending before a new teachers' contract forces them into a corner.
Barrington School Committee member Scott Fuller called out his colleagues last week on proposed spending next year for the schools. He didn’t get much of a response. “Well, I guess I did,” Fuller said soon after the school board meeting last Thursday. “Their lack of response is typical,” he said. “We’ve had enough time to think about the budget. To my way of thinking, they should have had an idea as to what they want to spend and where by now, regardless of the contract.” He is referring to a new contract with the teachers' union, which is still being negotiated. A proposed overall school budget of $46.18 million has gone to the Committee on Appropriations for its review. That's 3.7 percent more in spending than this year -- about $1.46 …