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New Override Vote To Support Mendon-Upton Public Schools

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The undersigned, residing in the Town of Mendon, Massachusetts hereby petition the Mendon Board of Selectmen as follows: As registered voters residing in the Town of Mendon we ask the members of the Board of Selectmen to approve the Mendon-Upton School Committee’s budget request of $28,693,193 dollars. We further ask that you allow the residents of the Town of Mendon to vote for a second time to see if they will allow for a proposition 2 ½ override to help support this budget in it’s full amount. We ask that the amount put before voters be no less than $490,272.00 dollars. We feel that due to the fact that there is new information available to voters the people of Mendon deserve the right to make an informed decision at the ballot box. The layoff of 37 teachers, loss of instructional programs and classes, reductions in staff, loss of all sports programs, loss of extra curricular activities and class sizes of 30 plus students are now clearly defined. The fact that the Mendon-Upton Teachers Association had voted for a one year wage freeze that would have returned $420,000.00 dollars to the FY 2011 budget is now widely known. The impact this will have on our property values has also been clearly articulated and is now fully understood by many. In addition the outcome of Upton’s override vote is now known. It is for the reasons outlined above that we respectfully ask for your support.

Respectfully submitted:


Michael Watson


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