Comments by craftydad

Michael Hiscock's picture

About time. And occasional

About time. And occasional early release on bad days for storms that come in late wouldn't be so bad either. I have always gotten the excuse that they are afraid to send kids home early to a latch key situation. Well, as responsible parents, we should know the days to keep an eye out for early release and make arrangements. My single mother had to years ago. I would rather make those arrangements than to chance an accident later in the day because the roads got worse.

Michael Hiscock's picture

No surprise

I have been wondering about the numbers on this vote since the original numbers were posted. The number of responses for the second half of the ballot "if you voted no" make me question it even more. Result #1 - 349 to 349 (tied), #2 - 349 to 344 (passed by 5), #3 - 348 to 344 (passed by 4), Now there's 40 votes possibly missing? And at the same time, part 2 of the ballot asked "If you voted no..." yet on the original results page on the city website there were, I believe, over 500 responses combined to either increase or decrease of the budget. If the vote passed then why were there so many more responses to part 2 than actual "no" votes. Maybe with such a close vote that is still in question, and this much controversy, they should veto the whole thing and have a new vote.

Michael Hiscock's picture

Great job Kids

As it is seen in the article, you and your family should be proud. This is an example of how great kids can be. The family should be commended for raising such smart, level headed kids. Great job.

Michael Hiscock's picture

Feel free to let me know

Feel free to let me know where to get to the potition so I can sign. I will be there.

Michael Hiscock's picture

Recount yes but...special

Recount yes but...special consideration?

Michael Hiscock's picture

Don't put words in my mouth

I never said anything about Katy Grondin or the job she was doing. I am merely commenting on the school budget and the lack of priority by the school board about iPads. Also, watch what your saying about whether people voted or not, you don't know one way or the other if I voted. But I do have a right to my opinion without being told to "grow up and be an adult".

Michael Hiscock's picture

Passed?

I agree with Mr. Potvin. Its amazing, someone must have pulled extra votes out of their butt. Where did the extra votes come from? Someones pocket? Listen to the letter that Belinda Gerry read, alot of people feel this way. And the comment by our illustrious committee chairman about the low turnout. Some people feel they shouldn't bother because the school committee and city counsel rarely listen to us anyway. Maybe since the iPads are SO useful, they should (insert sarcasm here) cut some teaching positions and increase the size of the classes, no big deal since the iPads are doing the work anyway and some teachers have said, its like having multiple teachers in one room. The kids that excel, excel further while the ones that are struggling on a topic use them to TRY and improve. No child left behind? LOL. What happened to the hands on approach to get a child to understand a topic. That would save the budget a little money. If I don't have money in my budget for extra stuff, I go without. Other schools in the state are meeting or exceeding standards and they aren't providing iPads to such young children. We always hear about kids being in front of screens too much, the obesity problem among our kids, etc, but lets give them another excuse to sit in front of a screen. Wall-E.

Michael Hiscock's picture

The iPads for last year were

The iPads for last year were supposed to be a grant also but never came through, so those came out of last years budget. This years are coming out of the budget, that is why they are added into it in the first place. They might be going for a grant but that would only repay for them IF it comes through. If it doesn't, it still comes out of the budget.

Michael Hiscock's picture

The other obvious thing, is

The other obvious thing, is that if the vote was that close, that means half the voters aren't happy with the budget. On a recount, if you find one extra vote one way or the other, shouldn't mean the vote stands. Rework and revote to win more of a majority one way or the other to get people to accept the budget. Dump iPads and get back to basics in the younger grades.

Michael Hiscock's picture

My Vote

My vote would have gone differently if the iPads weren't in there. I would be happy to see an increase and pay a little more in taxes for my kids education if not for them. When I don't have the money for something, I go without. Maybe the school and city should do the same. Wall-E is our kids obviuos future.