Monday, March 25, 2013
Check out what's happening today in Waltham.
Today's weather forecast -- 46 degrees and cloudy. WeightWatchers will host its weekly meeting at 5 p.m. The William F. Stanley Elementary School will host a kindergarten information session at 6:30 p.m. Stay up to date with Waltham news with our free daily newsletter. The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. at 119 School St.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Tuesday, March 19 school closing delayed the last day of school for students.
As a result of the recent snow day on Tuesday, March 19, the last day of Waltham Public Schools for students is now Monday, June 24, according to the district's website.
Under a proposal, several students would move from the Whittemore school to the Fitzgerald school.
Waltham parents say they are concerned about a proposed School Committee plan that would shift some elementary students and staff to a different school. “We want to look at other options,” Northeast Elementary School PTO President Sandy LeBrun told the School Committee during its regular March 20 meeting at Waltham High School. “The buzz about redistricting has a lot of very concerned.” The proposed shift is part of the district’s effort to alleviate building space issues in the elementary schools caused by increasing enrollment. Under the plan, grades 1-4 of the Language-Based Resource Room Program would move from the Henry Whittemore Elementary School to the James Fitzgerald Elementary School, according to a memo from Waltham Public …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Classes will not be held on Tuesday, March 19.
Due to inclement weather, Waltham Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 19, according to the Waltham Police Twitter feed. Stay tuned to Waltham Patch for updates on the storm.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Stay tuned to Waltham Patch for updates on whether Waltham Public Schools will close on Tuesday, March 19.
With several inches of snow forecasted for Waltham for Tuesday, you are likely wondering whether Waltham will cancel public schools. Here is how the decision will be made, which we have based on prior Waltham Patch reporting. Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson makes the final decision based upon consultation with Waltham Police Officer Ann Frassica, the district's safety officer, Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson and Mayor Jeannette McCarthy. The decision must be made by 5 a.m. to accomodate staff that live outside of Waltham. City officials focus on the condition of the sidewalks in their decision making process because many students in Waltham walk to school or to a bus stop. After the decision is …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Some Waltham schools released students early today.
Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said she believes the Waltham Public Schools should have had a 2-hour delay on Friday, March 8 instead of opening the schools at their regular time. McCarthy spoke to Waltham Patch in the wake of Patch readers saying the district should not have held school. Classes began at their normal time, but most students were later released early. According to McCarthy, Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson requested the schools have a two-hour delay. Under that request, the building would open at 6 a.m. However, Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson decided to open the buildings at their normal time, McCarthy said. “The superintendent has to make the decision by 5 a.m.,” McCarthy said…
The snowstorm is forcing some Waltham schools to release students early.
With snow continuing to fall on the city, some Waltham Public Schools will release students early today, according to the Superintendent's Office. Waltham High School will release students at 1:15 p.m. and all of the middle school students will be dismissed at 2 p.m. Those early dismissals are intended to get school buses to the elementary schools for their regular 3 p.m. pickup time, according to the superintendent's office. The elementary schools will not be releasing students early.
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Despite 9.5 inches of snow falling on Waltham today, Waltham Public Schools remained open today. Some residents have complained on social media that roads and sidewalks were not adequately plowed prior to school opening. Do you agree with the decision to keep the schools open? Shar your thoughts in the comments section below.
The Waltham Public Schools hope to have a new Henry Whittemore Elementary School principal by July 1.
The search for a new Henry Whittemore Elementary School principal is progressing and school officials hope to hire a new leader by July 1. The search began recently after former principal Sara Lane suddenly resigned in January. School and city officials have said they can’t issue a detailed explanation because it was a personnel matter. Interim principal Chuck McInnis is currently running the school. An 11-member committee this week was scheduled to interview nine candidates for the job and hopes to narrow the pool to around three soon, according to Waltham Public Schools Interim Human Resource Administrator George Frost. Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson will then interview the finalists and likely take them on tours …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
A new online tool details how Gov. Deval Patrick's next budget would help Waltham.
In an effort to promote his $34.8 billion budget proposal, Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled an online tool that details how his fiscal 2014 budget would impact Waltham and other communities. According to the data center, Waltham would see a total of $2,345,211 in Chapter 90 funds which are used to build and maintain roads in communities. Waltham Public Schools would see an increase of $2,509,646 in Chapter 70 educational funding. In total, Waltham would receive $10,211,644. "Governor Patrick’s budget plan includes a $1 billion annual investment in the Commonwealth’s transportation system ... (and) includes a $550 million investment in education, reaching $1 billion over four years," an administration press release said. To pay for increases in…