Upton Says “Yes”!

Upton Says Yes!
To funding the budget

“Upton citizens passed the override – intended to fund the Mendon-Upton Regional School District budget – by a 1,015-to-761 vote. The matter was the only issue on the special election ballot. Though Mendon voters declined to support a $1.1 million override, Upton town officials had stressed the importance of Monday’s vote. The school committee will have to meet in the coming weeks to re-certify the district budget and, had the override failed, there was the possibility that town services would have to be cut in order to fund the new total.” – Mike Gleason – Milford Daily News Article

Our work is not done

We encourage all MURTA members and MURSD employees to attend a special school committee meeting this Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 pm at Miscoe Hill. The school committee is meeting to re-certify the budget and a strong showing for education is needed. We are encouraging all staff: teachers, nurses, counselors, custodians, paras, cafeteria staff, secretaries, etc. to be at the meeting.

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To stay up to date on the budget process (which may continue through July) follow the Forward 15 campaign on Facebook. See you at the meeting!

Alice Gentili & Marie Brigham
MURTA Co-Presidents

Support the Upton Override

MURTA OVERRIDE

Dear MURTA Members – 
The news out of Mendon is disappointing.  The override vote failed 717 to 606. The Upton override vote will still take place on Monday May 18th. The School Committee has the option of re-certifying the budget and is open to doing so.  If it is re-certified, they will ask for a level-service budget.  A level-service budget will still require another override vote in Mendon and passage in Upton. Upton residents – please vote on Monday. Please ask all eligible family members to vote on Monday. Please talk to your neighbors and friends and ask them to vote on Monday. The override will not pass without your votes!

 

MURTA Supports Forward 15

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Dear Fellow Educators,

We are writing to urge you to support the override for the town of Mendon on the May 12th annual election ballot or the town of Upton on the May 18th election ballot.

As residents, parents, and long serving educators in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District, we have seen our schools through good times and bad. It was not all that long ago that our district was commonly referred to as the jewel of the Blackstone Valley. The communities joined together to build a state of the art high school that was soon named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education during the 1999-2000 school year. The towns of Mendon and Upton propelled the district forward when they built a beautiful new elementary school in each town.

Unfortunately, this momentum did not last. Our district was hard hit by the economic downturn that began in 2009. Ultimately, the district had to slash staffing levels, which resulted in the laying off of over 60 teachers. Class sizes ballooned and programs were cut across the district.

One thing that never wavered was the commitment to our students. In 2011, the district hired a new superintendent with a clear vision that would return the district to innovation and excellence. Since 2011, our district, together with all stakeholders from Mendon and Upton, crafted a strategic plan that continues to move us forward. At all levels, class sizes are highly conducive to student learning and the district remains in the top 20% statewide in student performance. Outstanding extracurricular and co-curricular offerings in the visual and performing arts, STEAM, and athletics also distinguish the Mendon-Upton schools.

The Mendon-Upton Regional School District is truly at a crossroads. Maintaining the district’s momentum – and moving it forward – could be in jeopardy. Resources from the state are diminishing and the present funding formula is driving our communities to contribute more to K-12 public education. Without approval of a Proposition 2 1/2 override in both Mendon and Upton, cuts to staffing and programming would be devastating to our children, the school system, and property values in our communities.

Please vote YES in support of public education on May 12th in Mendon or May 18th in Upton. Please also help us out by going to the Forward ’15 website at www.forward15.org and including yourself on the “Supporters” list there. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Marie Brigham and Alice Gentili

Co-Presidents

Mendon – Upton Regional Teachers Association