Belmont Voters Reject Minuteman Funding As District Passes New School Plan

Photo: Belmont Town Clerk Ellen Cushman reading the results from the special district referendum. It wasn’t even close. Belmont voters rejected by a near three-to-one margin a $100 million-plus funding plan for the construction of a new $145 million Minuteman Tech Regional High School on Tuesday, Sept. 20, part of a special district-wide referendum held […]

Letter to the Editor: Minuteman – A Tale of Two Cars

Photo: A minivan. To the editor: I’m voting No on the Minuteman debt tomorrow even after DESE’s ruling. Here’s why. Imagine you have a family of, say, six kids and you need a car to drive your little scholars to school each morning. Naturally, you buy a minivan. Then, for years, you take the kids […]

To the Globe: Paolillo Responds to Columnist Minuteman Op-Ed

Photo: [Editor’s note: The article below is a letter to the editor in the Boston Sunday Globe, Sept. 18] DANTE RAMOS missed the point of Belmont’s opposition to the Minuteman High School referendum (“Oh, Belmont! Local control fetish hurts vocational schools,” Opinion, Sept. 11). The Minuteman district is broken. A substantial percentage of the approximately 600 students […]

Letter to the Editor: Despite State’s Move on Capital Costs, ‘No’ Remains Best Course

Photo: Michael Libenson To the editor: Last Monday [Sept. 12] I served as a panelist for the League of Women Voters information session on the Minuteman referendum. I explained why there is a clear and compelling financial case for a “no” vote on the Minuteman referendum. A broad group of Belmont town leaders agree. The […]

Letter to the Editor: State Action Results in My Vote Changing From No to Yes

Photo: The site To the editor: A new Minuteman High School is essential for Belmont. We should vote YES in the Sept. 20 election. I changed my mind on this vote because Belmont won a major victory this week. DESE, the state agency that oversees all public schools, finally did the right thing this past […]

Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘No’ to Preserve the Override Funds

Photo: Supporter of the schools override. To the editor: How do we want to spend the 2015 override funds? Next Tuesday, Belmont voters will decide whether to spend $335,000 to $500,000 per year (or more) to fund the $144 million new Minuteman debt. I am a school advocate. I strongly support vocational education. But this […]

Letter to the Editor: Support Minuteman on Sept. 20

Photo: Image of the interior of a proposed Minuteman school building. To the editor: I’m asking Belmont residents to join me in voting “yes” to support the financing of a new Minuteman school building on Sept. 20. Some of our local leaders have raised issues about Minuteman. Some say that we can avoid financing the […]