March News Notes
Annual Town Election to be Held April 2
The Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 with the polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting will be held at Seekonk High School, 261 Arcade Ave. There will be three contested races: board of selectmen, school committee and water commission. For profiles of the candidates, see election articles in this issue.
Portable Classrooms Will Be Put at Elementary Schools Next Fall
The school committee has decided to place modular classrooms at Aitken and Martin Elementary Schools next fall to accommodate an increase in student enrollment, according to an article in the Sun Chronicle. The committee reviewed several proposals to ease overcrowding, which included moving the fifth grade to the middle school and moving the eighth grade to the high school. However, most respondents in a survey that was conducted said they did not want to reorganize the grades. The committee also approved a feasibility study on a possible addition to Aitken School. Residents will vote on the feasibility study at the May town meeting.
Town Counsel Confirms Legality of Selectmen Vote
Town counsel confirmed that a vote taken by the board of selectmen last year to transfer control of town-owned land to the Library Board of Trustees was indeed legal, according to a Sun Chronicle article. Town meeting in May 2010 authorized selectmen to make the transfer. Town resident and member of the veterans’ memorial committee Doreen Taylor had questioned the legality of the vote, saying that it should have been put on the ballot. Selectmen referred the issue to town counsel, who said it was legal and didn’t need to go on the ballot. The Library Board of Trustees designated a portion of the land for the Veteran’s Memorial and a howitzer gun that was placed next to the memorial has created controversy in town. Voters will decide at the April election whether the howitzer should remain where it is or be moved.
School Department Begins Superintendent Search
The school committee is putting together a search committee to look for a replacement for Superintendent Arlene Bosco who announced last month that she will be retiring in August. Committee member Beth Eklund will chair the search committee.