Monday, October 8, 2012
Attleboro's school buses could be forced off the Pleasant Auto Center parking lot this week.
Lots of behind-the-scenes chatter is taking place about two items on the agenda for this week's Attleboro Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. Both items involve the school buses parked at Pleasant Auto Center. One item includes a public hearing "to consider revoking the special permit" for Pleasant Auto owner Cynthia Karol. The permit allows her to operate the business on the property, despite its location in an area zoned residential. She is restricted from having buses parked on the property. However, the buses of school district contractor H&L Bloom have been parking at the site since last month. A rival agenda item (no public hearing included) calls for the permit to be modified "to include the operation of a bus terminal/storage facility…
Saturday, June 16, 2012
A number of financial issues leaves the city official worried about the fiscal operations of the Attleboro school district.
City Auditor Deborah Gould fired off a letter Friday to council members and other local leaders about her "growing concern" regarding the fiscal health of the school district. Among the concerns mentioned in the letter (which is attached to this article) are that she could not approve recent purchase requests by the district totaling $140,000 due to insufficient available funding and a report in The Sun Chronicle this week that the state Attorney General's office tossed a field maintenance contract because of improper bidding. "I would be remiss in my duties as city auditor if I did not formally alert you to my growing concern regarding the fiscal operations within the school department," Gould wrote. "Please note these concerns are …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The public hearing will take place tonight at Attleboro High School.
If you want the Attleboro School Committee and the district administration to hear your views on the proposed 2012-13 budget, then come to the public hearing tonight. The proposed $62 million budget is attached. The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 178E at Attleboro High School.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
There will be two sets of schedules in 2012-13 for Attleboro's five elementary schools.
For the third consecutive year, there will be a change to the schedules for Attleboro's elementary schools. The School Committee voted 8-0 (Teri Enegren was absent) on Monday for a two-tiered schedule system in an effort to curb long bus rides. This year, all the elementary schools are on the same 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. schedule. Under the new system, which will go into effect in the fall, Studley and Willett will be open for classes from 8:15 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Classes at Hill-Roberts, Hyman and Thacher will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Committee Vice Chair Brenda Furtado said she had heard from many parents who did not want the schedules changed again. She said she did not like having to make the changes. "…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Massachusetts inspector general sends a strongly worded letter to the school district about a 2009 bus contract. There are more bus issues, with a student dropped off at a neighbor's house when her parents were not at home.
A controversial 2009 bus contract between a private company and Attleboro Public Schools violated at least one state law, according to a letter sent to Superintendent Pia Durkin earlier this month by Massachusetts Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan. The letter focuses on contractor H&L Bloom Inc.'s use of Attleboro High School's parking lot to garage the buses and the company's use of school office space. Bloom was allowed these uses under a $1-per-year "license agreement" that was finalized after the three-year, $5.4 million contract was awarded, according to Sullivan's letter. "The school district's post-contract award decision to allow Bloom to use high school property for $1 per year contributed to the appearance of a prejudicial …
Monday, March 5, 2012
The two men will be arraigned in court on Tuesday.
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Monday, March 5, 2012
Two ex-students of Attleboro High School were arrested Tuesday after police were made aware of Facebook posts that indicated they may have been planning a "Columbine-like" attack. CBS Local reports that the 18- and 20-year-old former students face charges of "threatened use of a dangerous weapon at a school." The Sun Chronicle states that the two men were arrested after another student saw their conversation on Facebook, which reportedly discussed how they would go about "shooting up the school." The two men will be arraigned Tuesday in district court, according to MyFoxBoston.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Attleboro Elementary Schools held open house to residents of incoming students.
Attleboro Public Schools held a Kindergarten open house throughout the city last night to qualified incoming kindergarten students. It was a time for parents to meet with school administration and teachers and also get a tour of the elementary school in their district. At Willett Elementary parents filled in the school library causing some to stand due to a positive turnout. Principal Catherine Zinni welcomed the parents with sign-in sheets and an overhead projection to go over school qualifications and necessary paperwork. Parents were introduced to the school nurse, daycare personnel, and classroom teachers. Also on hand were the Willett PTO members inviting parents to start becoming involved now and taking their emails to include them…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Many Attleboro homes have great Christmas displays. Enter them to win Patch's Best Decked House contest.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
If you won $100,000 and could give it to the Attleboro public schools, how would you want it spent? Nominate your home, or a neighbor's home, for Patch's Deck the House contest, at http://deckthehouse.patch.com/. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill. From Dec. 30 through Jan. 8, you will be able to vote for the Best Decked House in all of Patch. The grand prize winner's school district will receive a $100,000 check from Patch.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Attleboro middle and high school students will be vaccinated during school hours.
Attleboro Public Schools and the Attleboro Health Department are joining together to hold flu clinics during school hours for middle and high school students. Students are not required to be vaccinated and can receive the vaccine whether or not insurance information is provided. Clinics will be held at the following schools: Attleboro High School: Monday, Oct. 17 Brennan Middle School: Thursday, Oct. 20 Coelho Middle School: Friday, Oct. 21 Wamsutta Middle School: Monday, Oct. 24 A flu clinic for elementary school students will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Thacher Elementary School. The clinic will be held on a first come, first served basis and parents must be present with their children. A makeup clinic for …
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Hurricane Irene will tighten the district’s preparation schedule, but schools are largely back to normal.
Attleboro Public schools were not significantly impacted by the wrath of Hurricane Irene, though the preparation schedule will be tight due to the several days without power. “I’m very happy to report that we didn’t really have anything significant happen structurally,” said the Attleboro Schools Business Manager Marc Furtado. “The obvious major impact was the loss of power.” The teachers did not miss any professional development time as the first professional development day is slated for September 6. Food in the school's refrigerators were okay because the generators kept it all refrigerated during the power outages. As of Friday afternoon all of the schools had power. Coelho Middle School, which was re-energized Thursday afternoon, was…