Hello indivisible people!
Progressive Needham is a chapter of Progressive Mass, and we have been doing the kinds of work outlined in the indivisible handbook for a few years, to varying degrees, on progressivve subjects.
We are gathering on March 10 for a house party –and before that, it would be great to assemble an “Indivisible” team, that connects with the larger Indivisible network and helps organize actions locally, which we can push to our Prog Needham network.
we are all stretched thin with work needed since the election — please bear with us if we do not get back to you right away!
It would be helpful to us if you would sign up for the “Progressive Needham” chapter on the Progressive Mass page, that way you are sure to get any outreach we make to the Needham/area group. Thank you!! :
More Needham voter info: progressivemetrowestsouth.wordpress.com/voterinfo/
Shortcut link to here: PROGRESSIVEMASS.COM/needham-endorsements
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8, 7AM-8PM
at Needham Polling Locations –
- Precincts A, B – Senior Center
- Precincts C, D – Newman School
- Precincts E, H – Broadmeadow Sch.
- Precincts F, G – Needham High Sch.
- Precincts I, J – Mitchell School
And there is ALSO EARLY VOTING –which takes place at SPECIFIC times, at the Town Hall Clerk’s Office!! Make sure your vote is cast — and then get out and volunteer on Nov 8! (If you don’t need “early voting” maybe someone you know does! Spread the word!)
AT NEEDHAM TOWN HALL, CLERK’S OFFICE, ON
- Weekdays, Oct.24-Nov.3 (Th.), 9A-5P
- Hrs (1day only): Tu.Oct.25, 7P–9P
- Wkend Hrs (1day only): Sa.Oct.29, 9A–5P
- LAST EARLY DAY: Fri, Nov.4, 9AM–Noon
Volunteer for Hillary:
Weekly Canvassing in New Hampshire
- Saturday’s from now until the election – Meet at 8:30am at Needham HQ (20 Freeman Pl)
- Sunday’s from now until the election – Meet at 9:30 at Needham HQ (20 Freeman Pl)
- Carpools arranged – Training provided – Canvas in pairs
- RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Phone Banks
- Sunday’s from now until the election – Any time from 4:00-7:00pm (Sun Oct 4th 4-6pm)
- Tuesday’s from now until the election (except Tue Oct 11th) – Any time from 6:00-9:00pm
- Thursday, October 13th – Any time from 6:00-9:00pm
- Meet at Needham HQ (20 Freeman Place)
- Training and refreshments provided
- Please bring a cell phone, charger, ear buds, and a laptop if you have one.
- RSVP: email@example.com
Via Needham School Committee Member Heidi Black
By Progressive Needham member Artie Crocker
Minuteman Technical High School needs to be updated. It’s been that way for years. We can fix the school starting with a vote on Sept. 20th.
I greatly benefited from the options Needham High School made available to me in the 70s. These days kids that don’t fit into the “Box” of our current education model in society have the option of going to Minuteman Technical High School. It’s not right that the school building/facilities barely gets hand-me-downs when it comes to maintenance. This September 20th we have the option to fix this for our kids!
On September 20, a district-wide referendum will be held on the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School’s proposed construction of a new school at the District’s campus in Lexington and Lincoln, to be built in conjunction with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Watertown, Wayland, and Weston are members of the district, and all registered voters in these communities are eligible to vote. The referendum will be decided by majority of the total vote in all sixteen district towns.
Minuteman’s existing facility, built in the early 1970’s, has serious building systems and capital maintenance issues, does not meet current code and architectural standards, and cannot optimally support Minuteman’s vocational education program.
The estimated cost of the project, which is for a new school with a design enrollment of 628 students, is approximately $150 million, towards which the MSBA has committed $44 million. Under revised regulations applicable to MSBA projects, the District will be also be able to assess a capital charge to out-of-district tuition students. The MSBA project timeline requires the District to secure passage of this referendum to be eligible for State funding and for the project to move forward.
If the Capital Project is not approved, the District will face difficult challenges operating and maintaining its existing facility. The member communities will share those costs, which without MSBA and out-of-district contributions may be higher than the cost to build a new school.
Although the project cost is substantial, it will help put Minuteman, and vocational education in our region, on a sound path going forward.
In May of this year, 15 of the 16 towns voted to support bonding for this project. However, a negative vote by one of sixteen regional town meetings (Belmont) has required that a Minuteman district-wide referendum be held for the project to go forward.
Minuteman High School is the primary vocational education resource for residents and is an important option for students who either seek or will be better served by vocational education opportunities.
The vote will be held on Tuesday, September 20, under a specific statute applicable to regional vocational schools.
From the Boston Globe – The fate of a new school for the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School district will be decided by voters in 16 communities on Tuesday.
Residents in Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston will head to the polls between noon and 8 p.m. to vote on a plan to borrow funds for a new $145 million Minuteman High School.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority has committed $44 million toward the project as long as the towns vote by Nov. 30 to support the local share. Votes in all communities will be added together to determine the outcome.
Minuteman Superintendent Edward Bouquillon said the 40-year-old building in Lexington is in need of major repairs and reconfiguration to support Minuteman’s new programs, desire to create an academy structure, and ability to properly educate and train the Commonwealth’s future workforce.
The new structure calls for better integration of technical and academic curriculum with advanced placement and college level courses and dual enrollment, he said.
We’ve been a bit behind here for a little while — but we’ll be updating soon, with how to engage for the 2016 Elections and how to plug into local organizing and more.
Meanwhile, don’t forget, Needham, VOTE ON TUESDAY for Minuteman! 12-8PM at the Center at the Heights at 300 Hillside Avenue (Senior Center)
When going to the polls on Super Tuesday 2016 (Mar. 1), Needham voters will be selecting MORE than just the Presidential nominees for the major parties —
— we’ll also be selecting the members of the Needham Democratic Town Committee, and our representatives on the State Committee.
These are our neighbors who have been active in elections and in the Party, and thus were nominated as a “slate” by the current Dem Town Committee executive council.
There are 35 slots, and — surprise! — 35 candidates. These are YOUR representatives to the Party — get to know their names!
Review sample ballots here:
- PRECINCTS A-C, I-J Ballot
- PRECINCTS D-H Ballot
- the only differences in the ballot are the State Committee members
- More Needham voting info here
Vote EVERY time!