Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Plans for a rally at 4:30 p.m. at Monument Square, and presence at School Committee this evening.
A manhunt may not be the only excitement in town today. A large rally is planned for 4:30 p.m. this afternoon at the flagbople in Monument Square, following which the crowd plans to move over to the Concord School Committee's meeting this evening at Willard School, according to parents with ties to the Concord Public Schools. Police Chief Barry Neal confirmed to Patch that a peaceful rally is planned for this afternoon. This makes the second rally in the past few weeks as unrest around the schools continues to simmer. On April 30, parents and teachers gathered outside the Ripley Administration Building to back Merrie Najimy, the Concord Teachers Association president and third-grade teacher at Thoreau School who has allegedly been …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Event is a fundraiser for the elementary school's parent teacher group.
The following was provided on behalf of the Thoreau School community. Rain or shine get ready to run at the Thoreau School’s seventh annual Road Race, Sunday, May 19. A community-wide event that celebrates Concord spirit and fitness and health, the Road Race offers something for everybody, young and old alike of all fitness levels. Bring the whole family to run, walk, jog or stroll with us. “The Thoreau School Road Race is one of very few races in our area that has both a kids’ race and adult race,” say Betsy Dorr and Karen Monks, the event co-chairs. “This makes it truly a family event. The best is seeing the excitement in the kid’s eyes as they get set to race in their very own competition with ribbons, a timer, and an exciting finish …
Monday, May 6, 2013
In honor of National Teacher Day, here is a list of creative gift ideas and places to find them around town.
National Teacher Day is tomorrow, May 7. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to help you get an excellent grade on your next teacher appreciation gift. 1. Starbucks card or gift card to any store/restaurant they enjoy. 2. Get parents to pool their money together for a gift certificate for a massage with a local massage therapist or spa treatment at 1 on 1 Self Indulgence. 3. Gift card to the Concord Bookshop. Teachers love to be able to purchase new books for their classrooms. 4. New board game for the classroom from the Toy Shop. Merideth Hansen, an elementary school teacher for 19 years, says this is her favorite teacher appreciation gift. 5. Hansen also says teachers appreciate gift certificates to local stores where they can …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Impromptu Tuesday afternoon rally outside administration building leads to hallway meeting with Superintendent Diana Rigby.
Dozens of Concord parents and teachers stayed after school on Tuesday, April 30, in a show of support for Merrie Najimy, the Concord Teachers Association president and third-grade teacher at Thoreau School who has allegedly been told her principal will not be recommending her rehire next year. The rally took place outside of the Ripley Administration Building, a hastily organized gathering called by the CTA after Najimy learned Tuesday morning she will not get a recommendation from Thoreau Principal Kelly Clough. Najimy told the crowd of about 50 that her situation is indicative of larger problems within the district, where teachers feel there is a top-down approach and things are done to them, not with them. “We are at a point where we …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By turns tense and workmanlike, Concord's annual Town Meeting on Tuesday tackled 11 articles on Tuesday night, voting down only a petitioner's bid to "Address Educational and Fiscal Concerns in the Concord Public Schools."
Below you'll find a summary of articles and actions from the second night of Concord's annual Town Meeting, held Tuesday, April 23 at Concord-Carlisle High School. For opening night coverage, click here. And be sure to stay tuned to Patch for continuing coverage of Town Meeting. Article 8, Concord Public School Renovations Town Meeting easily passed a $795,000 appropriation for remodeling, reconstructing, extraordinary repairs or related work at various Concord Public Schools. According to Maureen Spada, the presenter for the School Committee, the lion’s share of these funds will be put toward electrical improvements, roofing and HVAC work at the Peadoby and Sanborn schools, while a smaller portion will go toward heating and paving work …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Hunters Ridge Road resident Cynthia Rainey, who narrowly lost out on winning a seat on the Concord School Committee in the recent town election, says she'll 'do everything in my power to work for the best schools that we can.'
Saturday, March 30
To the Citizens of Concord, I am writing to thank the Concord voters for their support in the School Committee race. It was an honor to run in our wonderful community, and what an incredible campaign and election it was. I thank all of the citizens who turned out in spite of the bad weather. During the campaign I was given many gifts, one of the most valuable to me personally was the support of my family, my husband and two sons who worked alongside me the whole way and were a daily source of inspiration and support. I was lucky enough to have a small but vigorous organization that grew and strengthened every day. Those volunteers daily demonstrated a level of support and dedication that was truly humbling and I can’t thank them enough. I …
Cottage Road resident Lisa Bergen, who recently fell just short of winning a seat on the Concord School Committee, writes that it's 'time to direct our attention back to the issues and how they are handled.'
Saturday, March 30
Dear Concord, My sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who encouraged and supported me in my campaign for a seat on the School Committee. I am especially grateful to my campaign staff for their tireless efforts and to the countless volunteers who pitched in on everything from handing out flyers to standing in the snow(and sleet and rain!) on Election Day. Through this campaign I have had the honor and privilege of meeting with hundreds of Concordians and discussing their concerns and hopes for our schools and our town. I know from this experience that Concord is blessed with knowledgeable and active citizens who truly care about transparency, inclusive government, and serving the greater good. With the election over, it is time to …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Elsinore Street resident Susan Kalled writes that Lisa Bergen "places the utmost importance on what is right for Concord Schools."
Wednesday, March 13
To the Editor, I write to urge your support and vote for Lisa Bergen for School Committee. It would be accurate to say that all town citizens care about quality education for Concord children. How, then, does one measure the characteristics and qualities of a person who would be best suited to represent all of Concord on the School Committee when all candidates share the same commitment to education? One could start by asking who has put words into action, who has exhibited that commitment by actually showing up in the past year to nearly all School Committee meetings to be informed of the issues, the challenges, and the processes for decision-making? Who has attended FinComm meetings when the school budget was being discussed, the …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Old Bedford Road residents Richard Fahlander and Kathleen Allen write that the Concord School Committee would benefit from Johanna Boynton's 'common sense approach to difficult issues.'
Tuesday, March 12
To the Editor, We support Johanna Boynton for School Committee, because we know that she will put kids first. As a parent, teacher, coach and school volunteer Johanna has demonstrated her commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of young people. We also know that Johanna respects and appreciates teachers as the backbone of our excellent school system. Our three sons attended Concord Public Schools and graduated from CCHS. Throughout their years they were inspired, challenged and supported by caring and creative teachers. Johanna will do whatever she can to ensure that we continue to attract and retain remarkable teachers. As a School Committee member Johanna will be positive problem solver. When president of the Children’s …
Nashoba Road residents Tim and Maureen Dibble write that a vote for Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook would 'send a strong signal that the electorate chooses to move forward in a positive way.'
Tuesday, March 12
To the Editor, We are enthusiastically supporting the candidacies of Johanna Boynton and Kathi Snook for School Committee. Please join us on March 19. Johanna and Kathi have strong backgrounds in education having both been teachers. In addition, they bring years of management experience and talent to the position. Most importantly, they are women of great character with strong leadership skills and measured personalities. In assessing their own run for School Committee, Johanna and Kathi have been very thorough, analytical and thoughtful in their review of the facts. It is this thoughtful and measured approach that will best serve all of the voters and constituents of Concord. Reasoned, thoughtful, respectful, experienced and analytical …