Bernard to retire as Superintendent...

Apr 11, 2019 by

Published April 11, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — Superintendent Jon Bernard announced his impending retirement to staff and families on April 4 and 5, respectively. “My decision to retire is not made lightly, nor is it an easy decision for me. I have made many wonderful friendships over the years; have enjoyed immensely my daily interactions with students and adults as a high school English teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and now Superintendent; and have come to respect greatly the important work of all of the many people who have helped to make our school district something of which the entire community can be proud,” Bernard wrote in a letter to parents. Bernard first came to the district in 2003 as Principal of North Reading High School, where he served for 11 years...

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Reconciling town budget is a marathon, not a sprint...

Apr 11, 2019 by

Published April 11, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING— Now that the various town departments have wrapped up their presentations to the Select Board and Finance Committee on their budget needs and wants for FY20 over a series of weeks, the real hard work begins – determining what the town can afford to fund. This year, the department heads were asked to be realistic in assessing their true needs as opposed to being limited to designing budgets more closely aligned to level services or modest increases since this type of budgeting often puts these departments farther behind in achieving their goals over the course of many years. For example, they may fall behind in road repairs and building maintenance or not be adequately prepared for the town’s changing (read aging) demographics. Churning in the background on...

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School budget gap at $401,614

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Little interest in hearing for $32M budget Published April 11, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — Director of Finance and Operations Michael Connelly, Superintendent Jon Bernard, and the members of the School Committee held a public hearing for the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) budget on Monday evening. Connelly presented the recommended budget to Finance Committee member Don Kelliher, who was the only person in the audience at the hearing. According to Connelly, there are four budget drivers for FY20. “Contractual salary obligations are always a driver of the school budget. Salaries represent 82.7 percent of our total budget request,” Connelly said. Other drivers include year four of the district strategic plan NRPS 2021, operational costs (building maintenance, busing, utilities), and special education out-of-district expenses. “The fiscal 20 budget represents year four of the...

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K of C Easter Egg Hunt Sunday

Apr 11, 2019 by

Published April 11, 2019 NORTH READING — The annual Carl Cutlip Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Batchelder School Courtyard on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m., weather and field conditions permitting. The rain/snow date will be Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. Children through age 9 are welcome to participate. Children through age 4 will be in one area and ages 5 through 9 will be in another. The Easter Bunny will be arriving shortly before 2 p.m. for the enjoyment of all. Thousands of wrapped candies and a number of plastic “money eggs” will be scattered among the children. The “money eggs” must be redeemed at the event. There will be one special egg in each age group that will win a large Easter basket when redeemed. There will also be...

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PHOTO: Creating memories for a lifetime...

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Published April 11, 2019

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