A formula created in 2004 to ensure the state was giving poor cities and towns enough help building new schools includes a quirk that some say is now hurting the same communities it was meant to help.“It perpetuates inequity,” said state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, who introduced a bill to change the formula.The Massachusetts School Building Authority provides state funding for school building projects that is matched with money from cities and towns.The state covers between 40 percent and 80 percent of eligible construction costs. The size of the state match is calculated based on a formula that reflects how poor the community is — so poorer communities get more money.The state funding does not cover the full percentage of construction costs because certain expenses are ineligible for reimbursement, like legal fees or asbestos removal. There is also a cap on the total amount the state is willing to pay per square foot, which is virtually always lower than the … [Read more...] about Does the state’s school building reimbursement formula hurt poor cities and towns?
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright Globe Correspondents July 05, 2018 During these turbulent times, we seek the sweet solace of TV baking shows, where the worst that can happen is a soggy bottom or curdled custard. Hooked on the sugar rush of “The Great British Baking Show,” the gentlest, most polite competition ever, we added a baker’s dozen TV baking shows to our Netflix queue. Mind you, we never get up off the couch and actually bake, but we do offer helpful advice to the competitors by shouting, “That’ll never set — put it in the blast chiller!” at the screen.When we realized that three of our favorite Food Network bakers are based in New England, we had to investigate. Joining us on our pastry pilgrimage was our buddy Marcia. This goodie lover requests a Diane-baked cherry pie every year as a birthday gift. And when we … [Read more...] about A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Marvin Pave Globe Correspondent May 22, 2018 Only 17 boys showed up to the first football practice Vito Capizzo held at Nantucket High School in 1964, and after enduring a winless season, the coach wasn’t sure he’d stay much longer.“I told the School Committee, ‘Give me three years. If I’m not successful, I’ll resign. You won’t have to fire me,’ ” Mr. Capizzo recalled in a 2009 Globe interview. He also told his wife, Barbara, to be in no hurry to unpack.His third season, however, turned everything around. Nantucket was 8-0 and Mr. Capizzo was there to stay — a total of 45 seasons in which he recorded 293 victories and nine Division 5 Super Bowl appearances, including three championships. Advertisement “You play Nantucket and you’re not just playing 11 guys on the field,” Joe Dawe, … [Read more...] about Vito Capizzo, 45-season football coach at Nantucket High, dies at 78
View Comments BY KERRY EGGERS/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Oregon State baseball's history of great catchers continues Mitch Canham, Andrew Susac, Ryan Ortiz, Jake Rodriguez and Logan Ice all made all-Pac-12 and all-Regional teams through a 12-year period ending in 2016. Adley Rutschman, the incumbent, is next in line. And he may be the best of the bunch. "That's a great group of catchers," OSU assistant coach Andy Jenkins says. "They paved the way and set a standard that, 'This is Oregon State at the catcher position.' And Adley has fit right in." The 6-2, 215-pound sophomore from Sherwood High was leading the Beavers — ranked between third and sixth in the polls this week — in batting average (.376) going into Tuesday's visit to Oregon. The switch-hitting Rutschman had 13 doubles, three triples, four homers, 42 RBIs and a team-best .468 on-base percentage in 38 games. Add that to his arm and defensive work at catcher and masterful handling of the pitching staff, and it's a rare … [Read more...] about Rutschman outstanding in his field
FARMINGTON — A proposed $35.5 million budget for Regional School Unit 9 will go to a districtwide budget vote at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mt. Blue Campus on Seamon Road. The amount approved by voters there will go to a validation referendum Tuesday, May 15, at polling stations in Chesterville, Farmington, Industry, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Starks, Temple, Vienna, Weld and Wilton. The budget proposal for 2018-19 is $1.91 million, or 5.68 percent more than this fiscal year. The spending plan covers education for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and adult education. District taxpayers would be responsible to raise $13.48 million, a $792,890 increase from this fiscal year, which ends June 30. According to a district budget pamphlet, the per-pupil cost is lower than any school district in the area and is listed at 177th in the state. The proposal includes $461,403 for a kindergarten through fifth-grade alternative education program to be known as a Pathway for All Learners. … [Read more...] about RSU 9 voters to consider proposed $35.5 million spending plan