Thursday, August 30, 2012
"I expect that the state will address the issues of unfunded mandates that affect communities like Medford in an adverse way." -Superintendent Roy Belson
The following was submitted by Medford Superintendent Roy Belson in response to comments on a previous article regarding Medford's busing program. For the record: Medford does not pay to transport students to either the Malden Charter School or to the Essex Agricultural School. Tuition payments are made through the Department of Revenue “Cherry Sheet” as a reduction in local aid. The morning start time has been changed by approximately 15 minutes so that we can pick-up students at ten different stops across the community, travel to Lexington/Minuteman, and return in time to transport elementary student to an in-city school. The multiple uses of this bus will save Medford taxpayers $60,000. this year. In some other cities students are …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The district is facing rising costs for transportation, according to officials.
In a cost-saving measure, Medford Public Schools will be using two fewer buses than last school year, according to Superintendent Roy Belson. As part of the consolidation, a bus previously dedicated to Medford students attending Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington was eliminated, Belson said. Instead, a bus will pick up Medford students attending Minuteman, drop them off in Lexington and return to Medford to run routes for Medford Public Schools, Belson said. After making a run of elementary school drop-offs in the afternoon, the bus will return to Lexington to pick up Minuteman students at 3:30 p.m., about an hour after the school day ends, except on Wednesdays when it will arrive in Lexington at 2:30 p.m., Belson said. Belson had…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Students have been keeping track of their steps for the last month.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The following was submitted by Susan Altman on behalf of the Medford Green Streets Initiative: All fourth and fifth grade classes at the Brooks Elementary School have taken their first big steps to improve their fitness by participating in the month-long Brooks Walking Challenge. They will celebrate their results this Friday morning, May 25, at the start of the school day. Lindsay Willard, a Medford resident who was the fifth American woman to cross the finish line at this year’s Boston Maraton and took 17th place among women overall, will join the students to celebrate their achievements. Willard, age 33, crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours, 55 minutes and 53 seconds, according to results from the Marathon's website. The time …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Get out the lights and holly. Your decorating could net $100,000 to our schools.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a $100,000 gift to the Medford Public Schools. Patch.com is launching a nationwide contest to find the best dressed home.
Here’s how the contest works. Beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing through Dec. 26, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest entry form on the site. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill. From Dec. 30 through Jan. 8 you will be able to vote for the Best Decked House in all of Patch. The grand prize winner’s school district will receive a $100,000 check from Patch. So, get out your lights and ladders (and your competitive spirit)! Whether your style is sophisticated or silly, …