If the vote fails, what is Plan B?

According to Superintendent Phalen, we would need a total of 48 temporary, modular classrooms (mods) for 1,200 children, or nearly 1/4 of all 5,000 students; plus an addition to Chenery Middle School to expand the gym, cafeteria, and more; plus a renovation and addition for Belmont High School. These three projects represent more than a decade of town-wide disruption and a worse educational solution.

These three projects cost $247 million, or $34 million more than the 7-12 school.

Plan B costs more for a worse solution. More…

David Zipkin

Claflin Street

As a former Selectman, and former member of the Capital Budget Committee, I am proud of the way that current officials have achieved consensus on our current building priorities.  The Building Committee has determined what is needed in a transparent process that has considered all options.     Now, it is up to us, the citizens of Belmont, to affirm their work and vote to invest in our educational system.  More…

Ralph T. Jones

Former Chair of Selectmen, School Committee, and Warrant Committee

I am old.  Old enough that I graduated from Belmont’s Payson Park grammar school, the old junior high and the old, old high school (now the site of the Wellington) – Class of 1955.  And I support the new school for grades 7-12 that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 6. More…

Bob McLaughlin

Wellesley Road

The 7-12 school will be a tremendous community asset that will address crowding at all schools and replace a facility that is undersized, lacks core instructional classrooms, needs functional lab space for STEAM curriculum, and has mechanical systems that are beyond their useful life. More…

Julie Kirrane

Lawndale Street

The need to replace the aging and inadequate high school offers Belmont the opportunity to build a middle and high school with spaces that can change as teaching and learning do, while freeing up more space for hands-on learning at all levels, K-12.  More…

Mary Lewis

Randolph Road

I have decided that we owe the children in Belmont a decent school building in which to learn.  My neighbors did it for me back in 1994 with the new Chenery.  Now it is my turn. More…

Holly Stratford

Alexander Avenue

The debt exclusion is a big ask. There is no way around it — the increase in annual taxes will be painful. However, the alternative is worse. Failing to provide adequate school buildings will have a negative effect on our property values, which are directly linked to the quality of Belmont schools. Even if we reject the 7-12 school, we still have to renovate and expand our current schools. If we reject state funding, we will spend approximately $35 million more of our own money and end up with an inferior set of buildings. More…

Elizabeth Harmer Dionne

Town Meeting Member, Precinct 2

The new 7-12 school will prevent Belmont’s school system from relying on 48 temporary modular classrooms as permanent classrooms for over 1,000 students and providing no solution for the unworkable shared spaces. More…

Kate Searle

Beech Street

At all levels, our schools are dramatically overcrowded and spilling out into temporary, modular classrooms – 16 of them, actually.

If we build the new 7-12 school and shift a few grades, we create enough space in all of our school buildings for all of the town’s children – from kindergarten through 12th grade.

With one project, we completely solve the overcrowding problem – town-wide – for all 5,000 children.

Even without overcrowding, we would still need to replace the BHS building. It is on warning from school accreditors. It doesn’t support new state curriculum requirements. There are problems with asbestos, electrical and mechanical systems, plumbing, safety and security, the roof and windows, accessibility, and more.  More…

Ellen Schreiber and Sarah Masucci

The building needs an overhaul. And it’s a money pit. The town has been forced to spend millions in recent years to replace systems and address safety issues — money that we are throwing away on a building that needs replacing. More…

Dave Nuscher

Winn Street

Even though it is a big bill, it is not only unwise to delay, it is a rejection of our obligation to the children of our town. They deserve schools that reflect our commitment to their futures.  As a community, we have a collective public responsibility to high quality education, which means solving overcrowding and updating our facilities. More…

Rev. Joe Zarro

Farnham Street

We are mandated by the State to provide a safe place to educate our students—all our students. As I see it, we either approve the spending of $213M now, or we pay $247M in a more disruptive, less efficient way, in the years ahead. More…

Lisa Gibalerio

Town Meeting Member, Precinct 4

We have lived in Belmont for over 40 years and our children went through the public schools.  Even when our youngest graduated from Belmont High, years ago, it was obvious that a new school building was needed.  The existing space was inadequate for a 21st century education and the building systems were already at the end of their useful lives.  More…

Steve Klionsky and Gail Mann

Payson Road

I am a Yankee at heart. I don’t make financial decisions lightly. I also know a good deal when I see one and this plan makes sense on many levels. More…

Holly Muson

Temple Street

After two years of community input, the Belmont High School Building Committee has helped design a high school and middle school on the same campus, with more room for hands-on learning, better disability access, and vastly improved energy efficiency.

Peter Dizikes and Mary Lewis

Randolph Road

I firmly believe…, that the long term benefits of this project — primarily for our children and secondarily for property values — far outweigh the quarterly real estate tax pain. More…

Kathy Synnott

Gilmore Road

Belmont has many things to offer, but without a capital investment in our public schools now, a best-in-class education will no longer be one of them. That will negatively impact our home values, decrease Belmont’s ability to attract great teachers, and jeopardize a school system that is one of the greatest sources of pride in our town. More…

April Edrington

Elizabeth Road