Friday, September 3, 2010

5th graders as class monitors? bussing and level funding

From what I'm told, some 5th graders are being asked... or conned into being lunch room monitors for kindergartners at lunch time. The reason...budget cut backs I was told. Let's hope that there's no medical emergency, child choking or food allergy reaction for a 5th grader to help on, because I feel very sure, they would not know what to do.

From the front lines of the school yards, I'm told, kids are forced to walk in the streets because there are no places to park and drop your kids, parents are forced to park on the edge of the road, no sidewalks to walk on anyway, parents are parking a half a mile away to walk there kids to school and as I was told at a recent meeting, kids who are told to walk on the aqueduct are safe from arrest as the no trespassing signs up for years and years, were only meant for cars.... I'm sure some of you have driven on the aqueduct before. Not that many years ago, a local cop told me I can't walk on the aqueduct.

There's a group in Town, headed by Herb Chasen... Fram Save or Schools... the mission statement is a noble one, inform residents of the positive impact schools have on property vales and ask local officials to level fund future school budgets, find sources of addition revenue and cost savings. No one can argue the benefit of great schools and their effect on a Town or City. There is a on line petition one can sign and a few of us are collecting signatures for a hard copy or ask your local PTO person.

http://framsos.epetitions.net/

12 Comments:

At September 3, 2010 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Harry said...

Fifth graders doing a job we use to pay some adult to do. Are we paying these kids? If not, we are either violating child labor laws, or we have been paying people in the past to do a job that did not need to be done by a paid employee. Either option does not paint a pretty picture of the Framingham School system.

 
At September 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So No Trespassing means only for vehicles? Nice to know. There is a new trespassing sign on an abandoned building near me, so if I need a big place to paint the back-drop for my kids school play, I can just go into the building, as long as I walk in and don't drive my car in. Nice

 
At September 3, 2010 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Edward said...

If the Framingham School Department wants me, as Town Meeting member to support the idea of level funding, then the school department better show me a need that is real. Showing me they use to pay someone to do the job they are not asking a 10 year old to do is not a good way to convince me they manage their budget well. I am not saying I support having kids do the lunch room monitoring, I don't, but it is just another example of the shools department's poor decision making when it comes to living within their budget.

 
At September 3, 2010 at 5:13 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

Nice to see you back to Framingham issues. That is what we come here for. I will let my fellow bloggers know you are back on track again.

 
At September 3, 2010 at 5:30 PM , Blogger James said...

I am not sure why I can not get this posting up. Someone is very misinformed about the No Tresspassing laws in MA. Following are the statues the cover this. It is not only for vehicles.

Keep up the good work Jim, and stay focused on Framingham. THat is what we look for here


General Trespassing
•Section 120 of Chapter 266 defines a trespasser as anyone who, without right, enters or remains on someone else's property after someone with lawful control over the property forbids it. It defines property as any dwelling, building, boat, enclosed land, wharf or pier. The section also applies to school buses. A direct warning or posted signs serve as notice to a trespasser. The punishment for violating Section 120 is a fine of not more than $100 and up to 30 days in jail.
Vehicles
•Section 121A applies to vehicle trespassing. Vehicle trespassing refers to entering the private property of another, without right, by using a vehicle. For example, it could be vehicle trespassing when you park in someone's driveway without an invitation. The punishment is a fine of not more than $250.
Public Property
•Section 123 refers to trespassing on Massachusetts state land and public institutions. It defines trespassing in the same manner as Section 120. The fine is not more than $50 but the potential jail term is up to three months.


Read more: Massachusetts Trespassing Laws | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6747613_massachusetts-trespassing-laws.html#ixzz0yVHueYGT

 
At September 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM , Blogger Brian V. said...

Walking on the Aqueduct to get to school does not seem like a very good idea. Is that area plowed in snowstorms, or do they need to shovel their way through on the way to school?

 
At September 3, 2010 at 5:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off your computers everyone, there is a storm coming. Enjoy the long weekend.

 
At September 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Thanks James for the clarity...

 
At September 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

If anyone knows about a father walking his child to school on Edmonds Road.. the first day of school...please let me know.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 1:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the deal on the Edmonds Rd dad? Sounds a bit ominous

 
At September 8, 2010 at 5:01 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

the man stood up at the school committee meeting and said so.. but I wasn't there to ask.. and there was nothing in the paper. That road is tough to drive on, let alone walk your child on.

 
At September 8, 2010 at 5:01 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

the man stood up at the school committee meeting and said so.. but I wasn't there to ask.. and there was nothing in the paper. That road is tough to drive on, let alone walk your child on.

 

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