March 24th Update

Hi everyone,

1. The next meeting of the next meeting of the Subcommittee on Budget and Finance is tonight at the High School. Someone should really set up a snack stand. Also, there may be an additional meeting on Wednesday if all business isn't finished tonight.

Monday, March 24, 6:30pm School Committee Budget & Finance Subcommittee Meeting Watertown High School, Lecture Hall 50 Columbia Street, Watertown

2. We have launched our Take Action Campaign to "Tell the  Town Manager and the Town Council that you support additional funding for the Watertown Public Schools." This was launched at 9 pm on Sunday night. By 5:30 am on Monday, 67 letters were submitted. Please share the website link, Facebook post, or an emails with your friends and colleagues. http://www.watertownstrongschools.com/take-action/.

3. Time is short, please help us get our signs out! Visit your neighbors and businesses and ask them to put up a sign. We ask for a $5 contribution per sign to cover the costs of the sign. Also, pick up signs from  Deb Neiman 6 Oliver Street  <debneiman@comcast.net>; Rebecca Grow 4 Gay Street <rebecca_grow@hms.harvard.edu> Marie Schick 12 Theurer Park <m@marieschick.com> or Candace Miller 197 Westminster watertownstrongschools@gmail.com. Please contact Marie, m@marieschick.com617-388-4501 to schedule pick up a stack from her or another WSS member to distribute.

4. Over the weekend:

  • On Saturday, we were at the Early Childhood Information Fair at WMS talking to parents.
  • We also spoke with US Congresswoman Katherine Clark at the Watertown Diner. A number of our Town Councilors were in attendance. Representative Clark talked about the IDEA legislation (http://idea.ed.gov/) and acknowledged that there is work to be done at the federal level to support states and towns that do a great job meeting the needs of disabled children, but do not have adequate resources. We'll keep in touch and send her our documents. She said she needs data to help support her efforts.
  • On Sunday we held our first informational meeting. We had representation from parents, parents of Watertown alumni, teachers, Town Councilors, and School Committee. We are working hard to move the conversation away from  "The Central Administration did..." "The School Committee did...." "The Town Councilors did...." and "The Town Manager did...." . We want the conversation to focus on:

"Where will we find the money that WPS needs to educate our children?"
"What do we need to do?"
"Who do we need to work with?"
"Where is the money for 2015?" "How do we ensure that we have the resources needed for 2016 and beyond?"

Please remember, you don't have to attend all meetings to be involved, just stay connected!

All the best, Candace and the rest of WSS