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School Committee to Discuss Budget at Public Hearing

The 6:30 p.m. session takes place before the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting.

A Public Hearing is held this Wednesday at TMHS.
A Public Hearing is held this Wednesday at TMHS.
A busy week of meetings is ahead in Tewksbury.

In the upcoming days, a wide variety of topics will be discussed by town officials.

In addition to its regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting, the School Committee will also hold a Public Hearing on its proposed 2014-15 budget beginning at 6:30 p.m. inside Tewksbury Memorial High School.

Here is a look at the meetings that are scheduled for this week:

Tuesday, Feb. 11
  • 6 p.m. - Economic Development Committee
  • 6:45 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees
  • 7 p.m. - Board of Selectmen
  • 7 p.m. - Tewksbury Special Education Parent Advisory Committee
Wednesday, Feb. 12
  • 11 a.m. - Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project
  • 6:30 p.m. - Tewksbury School Committee Public Hearing followed by the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. - Local Housing Partnership
  • 7:30 p.m. - Community Preservation Committee
Thursday, Feb. 13
  • 5 p.m. - Essex Agricultural and Technical High School Public Notice
  • 7 p.m. - Finance Committee
For a complete listing of upcoming meetings, visit the Tewksbury town calendar.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 12, 2014 at 06:44 AM
Tewksbury has no right to charge $4,000.00 per year for a child to go in to our kindergarten program. This is an absolute unacceptable thing to hear. I didn't know as my children are grown. There should be an immediate drop of price for Tewksbury parents paying to send their children to full day kindergarten.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 12, 2014 at 08:58 AM
I do acknowledge Tewksbury has the legal ability to charge the maximum cost allowed. We have no right to charge $4,000.00 for a child to attend our full day kindergarten because..it is wrong. The School Department's hands should not be so tied. This community can not continue to afford the ideas of open arms with breaks/incentives to businesses,large companies. It should be the residents get breaks and applicants arriving here should not get deals. WE need every dollar. This Too high cost of $4,000.00 for a child to go to kindergarten is another example of how our only means to function up to par or pay our bills is at additional costs to residents. Yes, we have state of the art water meters. Residents are paying additional high costs for this. The expensive sewer plan is in itself proudly unique and , for many residents, the additional cost is too difficult to pay. We can support our past and present town officials and town managers for their hard work on development plans and still speak asking our leaders to seek all gains possible from future development. I express disagreement for any incentive/breaks if it costs this community so much as a dollar. At this point in our growth, we should be rich and offering super reasonable deals for entrance to kindergarten and a no cost to play football(for examples) We should not be shaking down every ten T.M.H.S. students to get a thousand dollars. Not from a town that let it all in. I do not believe we mismanaged our finances, I think we are facing the reality of buying nice things(Beautiful municipal buildings) on a charge card .We been scrambling to pay before the economy was poor. Lets please work together,not for the complaint of things but to encourage support for town officials to market Tewksbury without offers of incentives.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 12, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Students at T.M.H.S. have been being charged a hundred dollars to park. I hope no one tells me it went up, I want to hear..they no longer have to pay!
Rob R February 12, 2014 at 02:14 PM
@Donna, if your plan/vision has any merit to it, my question is why not just pick from the many, many companies you believe are lining up because we are give the town away and ask them to fund kindergarten? As of today I have not seen a line forming that includes incentives but you believe companies will come because they will know Tewksbury deserves to take everything possibly from them. This shows your inexperience on how businesses think. Please don’t just take my word for it. I think it would help out if you spoke with other business owners about your plan. I believe you will find similar pushback. Unfortunately, being passionate doesn’t overcome inexperience as a planning board member. I know you keep reciting the Conservation committee and BOA as your experience but these positions have no connection to possessing the knowledge of what will attract business to Tewksbury. I like your passion and willingness to help Tewksbury but I can’t get on board with your vision.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 12, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Rob R. I can understand your concern as a business man. I appreciate you being able to recognize my passion and willingness to help. Also, you are mistaken to say I am inexperienced for the job. My experience on the Conservation Commission and Zoning Board is valuable. I do not think you understand WHY there is concern for using incentives,breaks or deals to bring in More businesses and large companies. Tewksbury has already grown to capacity. Residents should be able to pull out from there streets on to Main Street,without the fear of death. Parents should not be paying four thousand a child for kindergartn, students from TEWKSBURY should not be paying to play School sports and it is terrible that a TEWKSBURY student has to pay to park a car driven to school. Yes, I do believe when this economy strengthens many will line up to come here. Just as they did when we first developed ,with seven hotels,Home depot and Walmart ...and many built buildings and storefronts.We do not have safe roads to walk on and the intersections are beyond dangerous. Rob, I do know many local business owners. There is much shared concern in this community from residents and local business owners from Tewksbury. I am not the only one concerned about what to do about further impacts from future development. I am not the only person to question why are we talking about giving incentives when our own residents and local longtime businesses get no help. From here, we should move forward with ideas to help our residents get breaks not solicit newcomers with offers for them.
Tewksbury2001 February 12, 2014 at 04:49 PM
@donna- So how do you propose the town pay for all of these items (full day kindergarten, parking fees, sports fees, etc.) Your solution seems to be missing from the post.
J. S. February 12, 2014 at 07:02 PM
@Tewksbury2001 a very common theme with donna
J. S. February 12, 2014 at 07:04 PM
@donna TMHS students should be charged to park. It is like the real world, no free parking. Why are they driving to school? Take the bus!
Rob R February 12, 2014 at 08:37 PM
@Donna, I agree with JS on the parking fee. I can't understand you. You want us to not only pay for busing but also pay twice for a kids luxury. I see a teen having to pay for not wanting to take the bus as learning responsibility along with the value of a dollar. And I agree with Tewksbury2001 that solutions from you are missing.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 12, 2014 at 09:53 PM
I am not anti development and believe that a good economy will enhance our local industry of construction and offer jobs as well as needed taxes. Currently, the Biotech industry is strong. Boston area has been one of the first in this country to recover and grow. Tewksbury is already prepared with available space surrounded by hotels and highway access. I believe there will be interest sooner than later. Large gift offers from large proposals should be encouraged such as from the casino proposal(3 million taxes and 3 million gift would have made for a better plan than 3million taxes plus million gift) Also, at the entire cost to developers of the large project(s) for the improvement or construction of roads,repairs to road conditions for safety,lights or permanent police details at intersections. The many empty storefronts and property on Rt38 will be filled and that will bring in much needed tax dollars. That is my vision without offers of incentives. JS doesn't like this theme. I do.
Who Me? February 13, 2014 at 05:33 AM
The Taxpayers of Tewksbury own the TMHS parking lot. The parking fee has nothing to do with anything.....other than another tax "vehicle" being used to fund the ever growing cost of public government.....
Tewksbury2001 February 13, 2014 at 06:01 AM
@Donna- It seems like your plan it to sit and wait for them to come when the economy is better. That is not a plan. The economy is doing fine right now (esp. in biotech) so the time to strike is now. Sitting back and waiting for them to come and then charging them extra when they have an interest in coming here is not a plan. It makes no sense.
brigara February 13, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Was there any discussion about full day K at budget meeting? I was unable to attend.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 13, 2014 at 07:45 AM
GoodMorning Tewksbury2001 I know the town of Tewksbury's tough economic times prevents us from sitting on our nest egg. As this economy moves forward for brighter days, I believe there will be an abundant of interest. For now, I agree market This town. I disagree with the ideas to offer incentives. I would make a good planning board member. Please know, I could only ask for what is within the law. Our town officials have always had wise speculation. The need for Developers to build the access road in north Tewksbury. The planning Board said.."we got an already crowded RT 133-build us a road." point is that it was not at our cost. I am not saying past or present boards are not keeping in harmony with that. I am stating that is how I would proceed. - I do think BioTech companies get a great deal coming here. The only invitation they should get is an open house. This is about the residents and our many longtime local business owners throughout town and along Main Street.There is no breaks for them to lessen the burdens of a poor economy or from costs demanded in addition to their taxes. -The further impacts from future building should be on the newcomer not our residents or small businesses. Residents have frequented our local businesses for many years. Safe roads and intersections are needed by all. -I do not agree with offers of incentives and others in this election do. I want to add the ideas of using the value of Tewksbury's geographic gold star on the Massachusetts map. Also, our awesome area of a mini resort next door to their business is something BioTech companies will come for. They do international business. Boston and all points New England are easily accessible. Above all, the services are excellent from this community. As you said BioTech is strong and I say soon to explode with readiness for movement and expansion. PS we are already permit Friendly using good hard worked on rules recently put in place by planning board and this community. There is good reason to seek out those wishing to come here with a welcome tone. I just want to close the deal with our handshake not a give back. Again, I remind us all that our own big developers throughout town got no breaks. And those newcomers arriving in from corporate east coast markets to develop the thirty acre parcel off the highway..got no breaks. Why should we do it now?
TONY D February 13, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Good thing DMR is still around. Her several inches of nonsense is what is keeping the Patch online. All this verbiage and no real solutions to the problem of bringing more/any non-residential tax dollars into the Town.
Tewksbury2001 February 13, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Gibberish...
TONY D February 13, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Tewksbury2001 - Thank you. That is the word I was trying to think of but my brain was all fogged up trying to make some kind of sense out of DMR postings.
J. S. February 13, 2014 at 06:57 PM
DMR postings are becoming a new kind of word game. Make sense of this sentence...."I want to add the ideas of using the value of Tewksbury's geographic gold star on the Massachusetts map. Also, our awesome area of a mini resort next door to their business is something BioTech companies will come for." On a serious note.....oh nevermind. At least I have a reason to read the Patch again.
TONY D February 13, 2014 at 07:06 PM
J.S. - ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ- We all know this to be the English alphabet. DMR has learned to put these letters into such a mind confusing order that nothing makes any sense any more.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 14, 2014 at 07:04 AM
To Tony D. and J.S. Are you playing politics. Seems to me this little gang up on my computer writing skills is weak. Which is why I suspect.. it's politics. Are you saying that your unaware of the already thirty acre developed area off the highway. Or are you saying that the fact I think this is a valuable marketing tool for Tewksbury to use..is foolishness. And yes I want to add (as our Town officials already do) THE GEOGRAPHIC Gold Star placed on Tewksbury when the Massachusetts map is pinned up. So you make fun of a fantastic plus in the marketing our our community. Seems fishy you will not agree that is worth saying. What is it that you want answered. I stated I disagree with others in this election that believe the idea of offering incentives is our best direction. I have stated why. I stated Yes we need to bring in development. FYI I am excited to hear the economy is allowing for the empty "RiteAid plaza to develop. This is an great example of what we should be looking forward to. I sat on the plan for Heath Brook Plaza (at that location)which after long periods of time for approvals, financing fell through. I think to keep putting me down is politically motivated. I'm flattered. Thanks. from Donna
Tewksbury2001 February 14, 2014 at 08:18 AM
@donna- I think most people on this board have no clue who the other candidate is so I don't think it is political. I think most, if not al, of the posters on this board disagree with your positions and statements and have a hard time understanding your written words. I am not trying to be mean, just stating what I think is the issue here.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 14, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Tewksbury2001 Not saying political between my opponent and I. It is the politics of an election that could be erupting. Maybe your not mean but others are. Please do not team up with them. If you do not agree with my position of veiws, I accept that. Also, I think my explanations are clear but not well written. I will try harder.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 14, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Tewksbury 2001 I bring up different points of views from others in this election, not as political. Just want you to know. It is because candidates for Selectman and Planning Board state different vision than I do. They talk of offering incentives, a downtown concept for Tewksbury,changes to our town center and offering incentives to future businesses. Election discussions and debates. Not nasty posts about my supposed inability to speak clearly. Hows 'bout you patch a post..telling TonyD. and company to think up something besides writing the alphabet to express the dislike of my candidacy.
J. S. February 14, 2014 at 09:15 AM
My points are not politically motivated at all. They are strictly motivated by my trying to understand you. I am not being nasty. I am just making a point that you utter the same phrases over and over again but they make absolutely no sense. You change the placement of capital letters as if that will help clarify. For example, " And yes I want to add (as our Town officials already do) THE GEOGRAPHIC Gold Star placed on Tewksbury when the Massachusetts map is pinned up. " You may think you have wonderful points, but I have not been able to understand them.
TONY D February 14, 2014 at 09:30 AM
DMR - How do you arrive at any "political motivation" from anything I have written. It is all in your mind. No one is trying to hurt you. It is only your "written" word that I can not understand.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 14, 2014 at 09:50 AM
If you do not understand what I am talking about, ask me.The word AND>>before a sentence. Obviously I wouldn't do that on test. Do you understand the geographic mecca of highway access I speak of? that is my point. What part is not understandable? I still think your a little ghost gang trying to beat up on me because there is only insults to your comments instead of substance for debate.
Tewksbury2001 February 14, 2014 at 09:56 AM
@donna- From your post " It is because candidates for Selectman and Planning Board state different vision than I do. They talk of offering incentives, a downtown concept for Tewksbury, changes to our town center and offering incentives to future businesses.” These seem like great ideas to me. Why would anyone NOT want a downtown concept? Why would anyone NOT want to get new business here ASAP?
J. S. February 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM
@Tewksbury2001 I agree. A downtown area would be wonderful, the current town center is barely used. I have yet to understand or find her concept.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Thankyou for responding that we disagree.I know many people that do not want the suggested downtown concept. We do not want Tewksbury to change it's character. I like the town common as it is ,where it should be. I do want new business here asap but not at a cost to us. I do support sidewalks and crosswalks for our residents Now. This would service our local businesses located side by side and across the street from each other. I have reasonable and anxious concern for these things we need. I will support future development that can help provide for their impacts not expect a break from a town that can not afford to do so.
J. S. February 14, 2014 at 01:31 PM
I support crosswalks and sidewalks. Where exactly are Tewksbury residents walking too? There are no businesses here. They can stroll down Main Street and tour the empty lots.

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