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A day at the races
Spectators watch from the shore of Bare Hill Pond as the girls novice 8 boats fly by during a heat in the Harvard Henley Regatta, on a blustery morning, April 21. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz))
As a service to the community, we are making a number of past Harvard Press articles on the elementary school building project available to all readers until May 8, the date of Town Election.
The School Building Committee’s mission was never to do minimal repairs and renovations that would allow the current Hildreth Elementary School to last just another decade or so. Instead, several committee members insisted at an April 19 public forum that their mission had always been to renovate the building fully enough to last another 30 to 50 years.
A Better Way for Harvard Schools, a new group led by former Selectman Bill Marinelli, went public this week, calling on town voters to reject the plan for a new elementary school approved two weeks ago by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
As the vote to build or not build a new elementary school nears, some residents have asked about the condition of the Bromfield School, on Nextdoor and at School Building Committee forums.
Warrant Article 11 for the May 5 Annual Town Meeting proposes the hiring of a full-time town planner, primarily at the behest of the Planning Board. While the town currently has a planner position, it is a part-time contract with fewer hours worked and lower yearly compensation.
Overall, Harvard currently pays its nonunion town employees less than the market rate in a dozen comparable towns. That was a finding in a just-completed personnel study by the consulting firm Human Resources Services Inc.
The Planning Board met with members of the Board of Selectmen and Town Counsel Mark Lanza April 23 to discuss the town’s proposed marijuana bylaws.
Over the past year, discussions on Nextdoor Harvard and in letters to the Press, both for and against building a new school, have shown that most residents didn’t understand the scope of the three elementary school renovation options that the School Building Committee had considered before it chose the new-school option.
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