We’re #1: Belmont Schools Earn Top-Ranked Level 1 Status, Butler a ‘Blue Ribbon’ Candidate

Photo: Butler Elementary. The Belmont School District and its six schools earned the Level 1 Accountability Determination as the district continues to show “the strong, positive results of well-aligned curricula, high-quality instruction, and high expectations for all students,” according to the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education which released 2016 accountability data for schools […]

This Daye Helps Students, Parents Navigate Safely to School

Photo: Jackie Daye, Wellington’s well-loved crossing guard.  It may have been a rainy opening of the Belmont school year on Wednesday, Sept. 7, but for Jacqueline Daye, it was nothing but sunny greetings to everyone crossing the roads heading to the Roger Wellington Elementary School on Orchard Street. A crossing guard employed by the town, […]

Thank You, Override: School Budget To End Fiscal Year In Balance

Photo: A school budget in the black?  Last year this month, the Belmont School District and School Committee were scrambling to someway fill a $536,000 deficit by the end of fiscal year 2015 which loomed in two months. In the end, the district with a cup in hand to ask for $285,000 from the Warrant […]

It’s Official; the Last Day of the School Year Is …

Photo:  Belmont schools will begin the summer recess this spring. At the Belmont School Committee’s meeting on Tuesday, April 26, Schools Superintendent John Phelan thanked residents and students for their “understanding” for trudging through a few heavy snow days this winter as the administration decided against declaring a snow day. And since the district only […]

BREAKING: State Approves School District’s Plan to Renovate Belmont High School

Photo: The MSBA voting to invite Belmont to begin the process to renovate Belmont High School. A decade of applications and waiting ended at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 27 in a crowded board room at 40 Broad St. in Boston as the Massachusetts State Building Authority voted to invite the Belmont School District to […]

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, […]