Inside the Budget, Part 3: The Mystery of Proposition 2 1/2...

Jul 12, 2018 by

Published in the July 13, 2018 edition By MAYOR GAIL INFURNA  MELROSE — In the past few years, real estate values in Melrose have skyrocketed. At the same time, developers have built new apartments and condos as well as an assisted living facility. So why are finances so tight? The answer lies in the way Proposition 2½ works: Each year, the total amount of property taxes we can collect (the “tax levy”) is capped at the previous year’s number, plus a 2½% increase, plus the tax on the net value of any new development (called “new growth”). This means that although property values have gone up, that increase in value is not reflected in the city budget. Here are the Fiscal Year 2019 numbers: • Current Tax Levy: $55 million • 2.5% Increase: $1.4 million...

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MC educator victim of hit & run on Herbert St....

Jul 12, 2018 by

Published in the July 13, 2018 edition MELROSE — Brother Edward Bozzo, the 85-year-old who was out for his morning walk Monday when he was struck and dragged some distance down Herbert Street by a motorist who did not stop, is said to be recovering from his injuries following surgery at a Boston hospital. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Melrose Police had narrowed the scope of the investigation to a person of interest. The driver in this hit-and-run was said to be going the wrong way down the street. According to The Pilot, the newspaper of the archdiocese of Boston, Brother Bozzo is a staff member at Malden Catholic High School and a resident of the Xaverian Brothers’ Melrose community. “A Xaverian Brother for 60 years,” The Pilot writes, “Brother Bozzo came to Malden Catholic in 1986 as assistant to Headmaster...

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PHOTO: Parade of Children

Jul 12, 2018 by

Published in the July 13, 2018

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Enrollments heading up

Jul 5, 2018 by

Published in the July 5, 2018 edition MELROSE — Administrators anticipate about 100 more students in the public schools this coming year. In June, there were 3,918 kids being educated in Melrose’s schools. Projections call for 4,018 to attend classes in 2018-19. Just about every building except the Franklin Early Childhood Center will have more students. If predictions hold, 297 children will head to the Hoover School, up 30 students from the year just ended. There will be 66 kindergarteners spread over three classrooms, 61 first graders, 45 second graders, 44 third graders, 42 fourth graders and 39 fifth graders. In June, there were 56 Hoover kindergarteners, 43 first graders, 41 second graders, 41 third graders, 38 fourth graders and 48 fifth graders. At the Horace Mann School, administrators project 48 kindergarteners when the new...

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Snow day project moves in right direction...

Jul 5, 2018 by

Published in the July 5, 2018 edition MELROSE — Supt. of Schools Cyndy Taymore recently reviewed the system’s School Cancellation Project for the School Committee, and it looks like the 2018 pilot program was an overall success. Basically learning from a distance, the School Cancellation Project kicked in twice this winter because of days off due to snow. Teachers and students worked from home. For the purpose of consistency and predictability, instructors responded to emails and other communications for two hours during the snow day, while monitoring work all day. Teachers posted their “office hours” on either their website or Aspen pages. The times did not have to be consecutive and may have been spread over the hours of a typical school schedule. In outlining everyone’s responsibilities and describing the short-term pilot project, Taymore wrote to all...

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