SHREWSBURY, Massachussetts – Over the past several weeks there have been public hearings on the override question and both sides of the question has been debated. Numerous statistics have been put forth and many Shrewsbury residents now realize that the school department is near the bottom of every State profile regarding books,materials,technology, per pupil cost, pupil/teacher ratio and class size. Also Shrewsbury is a community that is not making the expected local effort to fund its schools commensurate with its aggregate wealth. Indeed Shrewsbury is ranked by the State with Fitchburg, Lawrence, Fall River, New Bedford, Holyoke and Athol regarding the lack of local effort to fund its schools. Lost in all this discussion is the voice of the student who is presently drifting in large class sizes of 30 and will drift even further with larger class sizes if a no vote prevails. There are many students whose voices have been muted by the compounding effect of large class sizes year after year. The good news is that if the override vote prevails Shrewsbury will still be in a low state ranking regarding taxes. I urge all citizens to vote favorably on the override question so that our students will once again be able to have a fair share of their teacher’s time and have their classroom questions answered. Vote yes on June 3rd.
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