School Committee Question of the Week: Should Schools Adopt A Naming Rights Policy

Photo: from left, Murat Bicer, Kimberly O’Mahony, Andrea Prestwich This week’s Question of the Week for the School Committee: Many school districts have embracing naming rights on school district-owned property. Naming rights occur when a company or firm purchases the right to place its name and/or logo on a facility or event for a defined […]

School Committee QW: Where Do You Stand on High Stakes Testing?

Photo: The candidates: Bicer, O’Mahoney, Prestwich. The Question of the Week (QW) for the School Committee candidates: There is a bill in the legislature (H 340) sponsored by the state’s teachers union to halt statewide student testing, calling for a three-year moratorium on the implementation of PARCC – which Belmont has been a test community – […]

Selectmen QW: Belmont’s OPEB Policy and Issuing Pension Obligation Bonds

  Photo: Through the efforts of Selectman Williams, the town is moving forward with a study of recommendations towards addressing the town’s long-term OPEB (Other post-employment benefits) but many – town officials and the majority of the Board – are reluctant to follow Williams’ call for the issuance of up to $60 million in Pension […]

School Committee QW: Integrating English As Second Language Students Into Schools

Photo: The candidates for School Committee: (from left) O’Mahony, Prestwich and Bicer. Here is the Question of the Week (QW) for the School Committee candidates: The number of students coming into the Belmont school system from outside the US or who speak a language other than English is growing as is the demand for educators […]

School Committee Candidates QW: The One Issue The Board Should Focus On

Photos: (from left) Murat Bicer, Kimberly O’Mahony, Andrea Prestwich. Welcome to the first QW (Question of the Week) for the three candidates seeking to fill to two open three-year seats on the Belmont School Committee at town election on April 5. The order in which the candidates answered this week is by alphabetical order.  Name the one issue […]

Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: A Vision for Future Development in Belmont

Photo: Andy Rojas. Every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates seeking a three-year term […]

Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: Mitigating the Impact of Belmont Uplands

Photo: Jim Williams. Every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates seeking a three-year term […]

Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: Where Do You Stand on the ‘McMansion’ Moratorium?

Every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates seeking a three-year term on the board […]

Selectman Candidates’ Question of the Week: ‘What’s Your First Act if the Override is Approved, Rejected?’

Photo: Jim Williams Every Wednesday leading up the Town Election on Tuesday, April 7, the Belmontonian will be asking a “Question of the Week” to the candidates running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Andy Rojas and Glenn Road resident Jim Williams. This weekly feature will allow the candidates seeking a three-year term […]