Tue, 2011-06-07
The School Committee approved new contracts with teachers and other school workers that are not "net zero" contracts, according to documents provided to the public and reported recently on Acton Forum. Budget line increases just for teachers will...
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Wed, 2011-06-01

By Allen Nitschelm

The first rule of a physician is to not make things worse. "Do no harm" is their motto. Too bad we have no MDs on the School Committee. We have plenty of PhDs, but they must operate with a different set of rules. The recent contract by the School...
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Tue, 2011-05-31
Tailgaters Grille 166 Great Road Acton, MA (978) 429-8146 http://www.tailgatersgrilles.com/ In January, Clinton firefighter Dean Weeks saw his dreams go up in smoke when he responded to a four-alarm fire at his own restaurant, a sports bar that went...
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Tue, 2011-05-24

By Allen Nitschelm

An analysis of the new teacher's union contract by the author estimates that the Acton School Committees gave teachers an additional $44 million in salaries and bonuses versus a "net zero" proposal over the next 10 years. Estimated health-insurance...
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Tue, 2011-05-17

Editorial Opinion by Allen Nitschelm

The Acton Finance Committee has failed to inform or protect the town against another costly increase in teacher compensation. If it isn't going to signal the alarm bell now, when is it ever going to do so? BACKGROUND The Finance Committee (FinCom)...
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Tue, 2011-05-10
During the budget presentation at the recent Annual Town Meeting, the Acton Finance Committee reported great news. Despite plans to use about $2 million per year in reserves over the next three years, Acton would still have an excellent reserve...
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Sat, 2011-04-30
Le Lyonnais 416 Great Road Acton, MA (978) 263-9068 http://www.lelyonnaisacton.com/ Le Lyonnais has been a fixture on the Acton dining scene for as long as I can remember. In fact, the restaurant celebrates its 40th anniversary in November of this...
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Mon, 2011-04-25
Cities elect City Councilors and Mayors. Towns have Town Managers, Selectmen, and Town Meetings. In a town, Town Meeting acts as the legislative body. This is an important role which has been lost in Acton. Maybe Acton is too large, or maybe its...
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Thu, 2011-04-21
Today's Boston Globe (4/21/11) reported something interesting. House Speaker Robert DeLeo has been quoted as being in favor of allowing cities and towns to unilaterally move their health insurance coverage to the state's GIC program, which often...
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Thu, 2011-04-14

By Allen Nitschelm

Two years ago, Acton Forum wrote a series of articles on the high compensation, raises, and retirement benefits of Acton administrators. In 2008, administrators were given 12% average raises each year over two years. The overall costs for school...
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