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It is a great choice for Shrewsbury to vote YES for the override on June 3, to invest in our children and in our community.
This investment is $400 for the average property owner. It will add $5.5M to a town budget of over $100 million dollars. The additional revenue will pay for $1.3M needed town expenses (police and public building personnel, and replacement of old equipment), and $4.2M school expenses (hiring new teachers to bring all class sizes below 30, replacing out of date books, and covering mandated Special Education needs).
The benefit of this investment is assuring public safety and good community maintenance, and returning our schools to the statewide eminence which they once had. In 2013 after having been in the top 24% of state schools on MCAS scoring (a level 1 school), Shrewsbury dropped to being in the top 57% (a level 2 school).
As a retiree on fixed income, as a former teacher (7 years in Catholic high schools, 3 years as an science education researcher at Cornell University, and four years as Director of Mathematics at Shrewsbury HS), as a 30 year IBM veteran whose two best years were working with new hires, and as a parent and a grandparent, I totally support this investment. The value of our children and of the quality of our life in Shrewsbury is worth this cost.
Peter and Cora Castaldi
93 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545