Photo: Young “Yes” campaigners in Cushing Square on Saturday, March 28.
To the editor:
To the “distinguished” gentleman in the Lexus who gave me a thumbs down this morning [Saturday, March 28] when I was holding a YES for Belmont sign in Cushing Square:
Congratulations on your success. I’m sure you worked hard for it. As my 84-year-old father would say, you are driving the “steak and potatoes” of cars.
Maybe you own a house in Belmont. Maybe you bought it long before I bought mine in 2005, when home values were not so high. Maybe you had kids in the Belmont School District, a steak and potatoes school district if there ever was one.
And maybe your kids have done well too, partly as a result of that school district. I congratulate you.
But the failure of the last override has already taken some steak and potatoes from my son, who did not enjoy fifth-grade foreign languages as those who preceded him in the school system had. He wants to be an engineer some day; speaking Spanish will help.
My son is in sixth grade, and I purchased my condo in Waverley Square in great part to give him a steak and potatoes education. I love Belmont and intend to spend the rest of my life here.
This morning [Saturday, March 28] he, an eighth grade friend and a tenth grade friend held signs in Cushing Square in support of the override (photo attached).
If this override does not pass, BHS juniors and seniors will be limited to five courses instead of seven. This means almost two hours of “free time” in the school day! Chenery Middle School students will have larger class sizes and will lose the “small school within a big school” team teaching system that strengthens learning and helps them through the difficult early teenage years. And elementary students will lose the intervention that helps struggling students catch up to their peers.
I urge all Belmont residents to vote YES April 7. Below is another way of looking at it. Belmont’s last operating override passed in 2002, 13 years ago. Since that time, similar communities have passed numerous overrides, totaling as follows:
$6.8 million in Acton
$12.5 million in Arlington
$6.2 million in Concord
$10 million in Lexington
$5.8 million in Milton
$7.6 million in Needham
$19.9 million in Newton
$10.3 million in Sudbury
$6.6 million in Wayland
$14.5 million in Wellesley
$5.9 million in Winchester
By the way, I drove over some nasty “hamburger and French fries” potholes this morning on my way to hold that YES sign. Those will be fixed too with this override!