Roadmap Part 2: Your Wants. Your Needs. Your Budget.

On a cold February night in 2014, a group of parents, town administrators, and school staff gathered in the high school library for a presentation on the bad news.  In one year’s time, the crowd was told, Grafton no longer would be able to maintain the level of school services that residents come to expect.  […]

The Roadmap Part 1: How to Avoid an Override.

“Ed,” she said. “I heard that they’re going to try and paint you as the override candidate.” “What?” “Yeah,” she continued.  “Because you support schools.” I let this information wash over me.  It felt as though I was being told I was the anti-environmental candidate because I drive my car to work every day. “These […]

Wing and Prayer: Summarizing the School Budget Presentation

For two hours on Wednesday, the Finance Committee was presented by Grafton Superintendent Jay Cummings with a litany of school budget cost increases well in excess of the 2.5% we are allotted under Proposition 2.5.  Some of those cost increases were strikingly large.  And yet, to a person on a Finance Committee filled with budget […]