Schools cut $400K from spending plan...

May 29, 2020 by

Published in the May 29, 2020 edition By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The School Department will cut $400,000 from its FY 2021 budget proposal as part of the overall plan to trim $2.6 million from the town’s budget due to projected revenue shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. The town anticipates a significant drop in local receipts (excise tax, hotel tax and local option meals tax). In addition to that, the town is preparing for cuts in state aid. School Superintendent Douglas Lyons detailed his plan to go forward with a reduced School Department budget of $43,576,659 at Tuesday’s School Committee meeting. Lyons highlighted some of the new challenges related to safety and re-opening during the on-going pandemic. The reduced budget will support what the Wakefield Public Schools (WPS) need in order to create a safe teaching...

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FOLQ, DPW partner on Lake parks project...

May 28, 2020 by

Published in the May 28, 2020 edition. WAKEFIELD — Thanks to a gift from the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt, the Gertrude Spaulding and Colonel Connelly parks are in the process of being rehabilitated. The improvements include improved stormwater treatment and erosion measures. These parks are located at the intersection of Lowell Street and Quannapowitt Parkway at the head of the Lake. Enhancements will include upgrading the pathway, which has eroded below the surrounding lawn area. In its current condition, the pathway creates a swale that concentrates stormwater and increases erosion of the beach into the lake. The new pathways will be re-graded to not only help eliminate the beach erosion, but also meet the Americans with Disabilities Act grading tolerances. The project also includes enhancements to provide improved stormwater treatment and erosion stabilization. A new catch basin, forebay,...

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Back to the drawing board on graduation...

May 28, 2020 by

Published in the May 28, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — As of last night, it appeared that the School Department will once again modify its 2020 graduation plan and try to do a larger event in July or August that will have most, if not all 260 graduates together for one ceremony. Superintendent of Schools Douglas Lyons told the Board of Health last night that due to the strong feelings of senior class members and their families as well as School Committee members, the School Department would in all likelihood attempt to do a larger graduation ceremony later in the summer when restrictions on large gatherings are expected to be relaxed. On Tuesday night, Lyons had presented to the School Committee a graduation ceremony proposal that would have had rotating, smaller groups of...

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PHOTO: Lunch for two

May 27, 2020 by

Published May 27, 2020

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