SC lashes out at ‘willfully uninformed’ critics...

Mar 3, 2021 by

Published March 3, 2021 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The School Committee responded to its critics during a Feb. 23 meeting. Chairman Jamie Hayman said the school board created the statement in order to “address a great deal of misinformation that has been disseminated on social media” since the committee’s last meeting on Feb. 2. During that meeting, a group of parents criticized the school system’s hybrid learning plan. “On March 12, 2020, 349 days ago, this committee had an emergency School Committee meeting as the first cases of COVID-19 hit Lynnfield and the Lynnfield Public Schools,” said Hayman. “In the weeks and months that followed, knowing that parents, educators and the community needed information and updates about our schools, and recognizing that information was changing on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, this...

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Schools to continue in-person learning expansion...

Mar 3, 2021 by

Published March 3, 2021 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The School Department will continue expanding in-person learning in the coming weeks. Students in alternating cohorts began coming into school buildings on Wednesday mornings on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Superintendent Kristen Vogel noted during a Feb. 23 School Committee meeting that the students who are home on Wednesday mornings are still required to log into Zoom teleconference. Kindergartners also began coming into both elementary schools for four-and-a-half days of in-person learning on Monday, March 1. Wednesdays will be a half day for kindergartners. “We are so excited to welcome all of our youngest learners to the classroom for four-and-a-half days of in-person education,” Vogel wrote in an email sent to parents. “The teachers have been excitedly reorganizing their rooms, making new name tags, math boxes, handouts,...

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LCWD rates going up

Mar 3, 2021 by

Published March 3, 2021 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield Center Water District Board of Commissioners voted to increase rates by 2 percent during a Feb. 24 meeting. Superintendent John Scenna recalled that the water commissioners approved a three-tier rate structure in February 2020. He said the LCWD collects revenue from water rates as well as a water tax that is included on property tax bills. “What we did was flip the percentage,” said Scenna. “In 2019, 77 percent of our revenue came from the tax levy. It had nothing to do with the amount of water people used. It had to do with the value of people’s homes. Only 17 percent of the revenue that we raised was from the water that people used. As of right now, about 70 percent of...

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PHOTO: Solemn tribute

Mar 3, 2021 by

THE AMERICAN FLAG in front of Lynnfield Middle School was lowered to half staff last week in memory of the over 500,000 Americans lost to COVID-19, including 29 Lynnfieldians. (Dan Tomasello Photo) Published March 3,...

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Seventy-eight town employees made over $100K...

Feb 25, 2021 by

Published February 24, 2021 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Seventy-eight town employees’ earned six-figure salaries last year. According to town documents supplied by Town Treasurer/Tax Collector Leslie Davidson and based on employees’ W-2 forms, Police Patrolman Mark Bettencourt topped the highest paid employees list with gross earnings of $237,300.83. Town documents revealed Bettencourt made a base salary of $93,297.49 as well as $112,760.90 in detail pay and $31,242.44 in overtime. Salaries for police officers include base pay, overtime, details, holiday and longevity pay, clothing allowances and funds associated with the Quinn Bill. The Quinn Bill is a police career incentive program enacted in 1970 by the State Legislature that encourages police officers in participating municipalities to earn degrees in law enforcement and criminal justice. The educational incentives result in salary increases. There were 56 town...

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