Modular Classrooms Heading to Chenery’s Tennis Court

Photo: The Chenery Middle School tennis courts which will house six modular classrooms in August 2016. After putting off a decision for the past two years, Belmont School District announced last week it will place six modular classrooms on the Chenery Middle School tennis courts for the start of the 2016-17 school year in August. The […]

Seventeen Educators Honored Reaching Professional Status

Photo: Fifteen of the seventeen educators who were granted professional status by the Belmont School District.  For Elizabeth Gentes, Tuesday night was the culmination of her giving Belmont students a first-class education. In return, the School District recognized that effort and her skills by saying “thanks for sticking with us. We’d like you to stay,” she said.  […]

District Enrollment Keeps Marching Higher as School Year Begins

Photo: More students have entered Belmont schools in the past three months. The news on student enrollment levels in Belmont’s six public schools from School Superintendent John Phelan continues along a familiar theme of the past five years: more are still coming. At the Sept. 8 School Committee meeting, Phelan reported that between June 1 to Sept. […]

Custodians, Cafeteria Workers Strike Three-Year Deal with Schools

Photo: Custodians at work. The men and women who keep Belmont’s six schools clean and tidy and help feed 4,100 students will be getting a small pay raise after the Belmont School Committee approved a three-year contract with the union representing the workers. The committee unanimously approved the memorandum of agreement with the American Federation of State, […]

No Need for Modulars at Belmont Schools in Coming School Year

Photo: Newton’s Oak Hill Middle School recently used eight modulars to fill a temporary space need, adding 4,800 sq.-ft. to the district’s footprint. During the worst of the record snow fall in February, it appeared a certainty that many of Belmont’s six schools would see small villages of modular structures spring up in the fall to […]

Belmont Schools Honor Eight Retirees Who Provided 200 Years of Educational Grit

Photo: Retiring: (from left) Mary Dominguez, Anne Mullany, Rosemary Peterson, Roseanne Mili and Georgia Patterson. They had a collective experience of nearly two centuries working in the Belmont schools; a testament to their commitment to education. At a ceremony held on Tuesday, June 9, Belmont School Committee honored eight educators and staff members as they […]

School Committee OKs Fee, Rent Increases for Using School Spaces

Photo: School lunches will increase by a quarter beginning in September. The Belmont School Committee approved a package of fee hikes for all users of school space at its Tuesday, June 10 meeting. The action, first reported in the Belmontonian last month, will begin in July at the start of the new fiscal year in July for facility rentals, full-day […]

Belmont Schools Increasing Rents, Fees for BASEC, Swim Team and Kindergarten

Photo: Renting Belmont High School’s Higginbottom Pool will cost more if the Belmont School Committee approved fee increases.  Saying that teaching positions should not be sacrificed if programs using its facilities are not paying a fair rate, the Belmont School Committee was presented a proposal to increase the rent for two non-profit programs and a jump […]

Two-Bit Hike in School Lunch Prices Next School Year

Photo: Lunch in Belmont. Dustin O’Brien, Belmont Public School’s Food Services director, has been a culinary whirling dervish this school year.  The person responsible for providing nutritious meals for students that partake in the lunch offerings at the six Belmont public schools – as well as breakfast at the Belmont High – O’Brien has been leading the way […]

District Adds Jewish High Holiday Observance to Belmont School Calendar

Photo: Dr. David Alper speaking before the Belmont School Committee.  The Belmont School Committee approved a pilot program to close school for one day in observance of the Jewish High Holidays beginning in the coming 2015-16 school year. In addition to the decision made Tuesday night, March 24, Belmont School Superintendent John Phelan once again […]