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School budget balanced, layoffs avoided

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Local Headline News, North Reading News, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off

Published in the April 27, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO NORTH READING — School officials have developed a plan to close the fiscal year 2018 budget gap while avoiding lay offs, Superintendent of Schools Jon Bernard announced at the School Committee’s budget workshop on Monday. Bernard said the Finance Planning Team met on Monday morning, where local officials announced additional revenues were identified. He said the additional revenues, coupled with an existing plan outlining budget reductions, enabled school officials to close the gap...

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Man charged after dirt bike pursuit

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Published in the April 27, 2017 edition NORTH READING – North Reading Police arrested a 19-year old town resident who allegedly attempted to steal a dirt bike and led them on a short pursuit Saturday afternoon. North Reading Police told the Transcript that a caller reported the theft of a 2006 Honda CRF 250R dirt bike during what was supposed to be a private sale transaction for the bike. A local resident and his 15 year old grandson reportedly made arrangements for the transaction with a man who identified himself to them as “Chris...

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Town continuing toward MWRA, talking with Andover

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Published in the April 27, 2017 edition By BILL LAFORME NORTH READING – The town is continuing to take steps toward joining the MWRA water system, with one of those steps being a June town meeting warrant article to fund a new pump station for that project. Town Administrator Mike Gilleberto updated selectmen on the town’s long-term water plans at Monday night’s meeting, adding that permitting activities for the pump station are also set to begin later this spring, with an eye on construction running through later this season into early 2019,...

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PHOTO: Candidate debate

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Published in the April 27, 2017 edition

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Three bids sought for restroom project

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Published in the April 20, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO NORTH READING — The Athletic Facilities Committee (AFC) voted unanimously recently to seek plans and bids for the Arthur Kenney Field restroom project, AFC Chairman Mel Webster told the School Committee last week. Webster said the AFC will be receiving bids for three different options before June Town Meeting. He said the options include a bid for constructing just a restroom facility; a bid for a restroom building with an alternative addition that would allow a pad and utilities...

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School Committee: We made the grade

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Published in the April 20, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO NORTH READING — The School Committee gave itself a positive review in its self-evaluation earlier this month. The school board has been conducting the self-evaluation, which is based on the state mandated educator evaluation system, for several years. The evaluation rated the School Committee’s performance in the following areas: Leadership and governance; educational program; financial and asset management; and family and community relations. Leadership and governance The scores the...

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Group set to ‘buzz off’ for kids with cancer

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Published in the April 20, 2017 edition By BILL LAFORME NORTH READING – Four members of the Aldersgate Methodist Church hope to raise thousands of dollars for kids with cancer later this spring by shaving their heads at the annual Buzz Off For Kids With Cancer event at Gillette Stadium. The event, held on June 2, benefits the nonprofit group One Mission, which works to make life brighter for young pediatric cancer patients and their families by organizing parties and other events, providing books, toys and games, birthday parties and holiday...

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PHOTO: Wild things

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Published in the April 20, 2017 edition

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‘We are fast approaching desperate times’

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Published in the April 13, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO NORTH READING — There are no easy solutions to closing the school department’s fiscal year 2018 budget gap, Superintendent of Schools Jon Bernard told 45 attendees during the School Committee’s public hearing on Monday. The school department is currently debating two different spending plans for FY’18. The recommended budget totals $29,999,968, representing a 5.1 percent increase ($1,453,826) over the current fiscal year budget of $28,546,142. The level services budget totals...

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Students envision the tech of the future

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Published in the April 13, 2017 edition By BILL Laforme NORTH READING – Students from the Batchelder School distinguished themselves in the recent Exploravision competition, where they created ideas for new inventions. The contest is run by the National Science Teachers Association by the Toshiba Corporation, where students around the country research an existing technology and then try to envision some uses for it 20 years into the future. Four teams of Batchelder students finished in the top 10 percent of all participants, earning honorable...

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