Learn Anywhere program assessed...

Dec 14, 2018 by

Published in the December 14, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The pros and cons of the Wakefield Public Schools’ Learn Anywhere Project were hashed out at a recent School Committee meeting as part of a presentation by a committee charged with evaluating the program. The Learn Anywhere Project consists of three parts: Distance learning during school cancellation days; offering online, blended course electives with a partner high school; and personalizing summer learning opportunities. The focus of the Learn Anywhere Committee’s recent presentation and the subsequent discussion was the distance learning on snow days component. Under the Learn Anywhere program, when school is cancelled on snow days, students are expected to complete school assignments at home. Students access assignments using either Google Classroom of the Learn Anywhere web site. Teachers post learning expectations...

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New high school will have to wait...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published in the December 13, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The town’s hopes for state assistance with building a new high school were dashed for at least another year as yesterday the Massachusetts School Building Authority turned down Wakefield’s request to get into the MSBA’s program. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is a quasi-independent public agency that provides grants that partially fund municipal and regional school districts for kindergarten through high school construction and renovation projects. School Superintendent Douglas Lyons and Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio issued a joint statement in the wake of yesterday’s disappointing news. “Earlier this year, the Town of Wakefield submitted a Statement of Interest (SOI) to partner with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) in the design and construction of a new or renovated high school facility,” the statement read. “The...

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Senator Jason Lewis Announces Constituent Feedback Survey...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Posted on: Thursday, December 13, 2018 BOSTON — With a new legislative session beginning in January, State Senator Jason Lewis is preparing his policy agenda and priorities, and is seeking feedback from constituents on the issues that are most important to them and their families. Senator Lewis invites you to fill out a brief survey, which can be found at this link. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous. To gather further input from his constituents, Senator Lewis will be holding a “virtual town hall” in January. During a Facebook live-stream on January 8 at 6:00 pm, he will discuss the survey results and take questions and feedback from the online audience. Constituents may also contact Senator Lewis anytime by phone at (617) 722-1206 or...

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Maio gives overview as budget season looms...

Dec 12, 2018 by

Published December 12, 2018 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – Wakefield is in good financial shape heading into FY 2020 budget preparations. That was the message from Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio as he provided the Town Council with a Fiscal Year 2020 budget preparation overview at Monday night’s meeting. Soon after the start of the New Year, the town will begin preparing budgets for FY 2020, which begins on July 1, 2019. Maio admitted that at this early date, there were still a lot of unknowns, including levels of state aid and new growth. He started with the known quantities. Maio noted that the town has $3 million in the Stabilization Fund. There is $6 million in Free cash and $300,000 in the Reserve Fund. Water and Sewer Reserve Funds total $1.6 million. There is...

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