Next Steps for the Austin Street Proposal: Topic Meeting

Please join us
January 14, 2015: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church St., Newton 02458
Open to the public, but space is limited

The plans to create new housing and commercial space at the Austin Street parking lot in Newtonville have their origins in the City’s Comprehensive Planning process from the mid-2000’s.  The Mayor, City staff, Board of Aldermen, and several citizen groups all advised on or passed ordinances on the project.  However, the project has been paused for citizen input since the selection of a development partner last spring.

Austin Street partners will present an update on the project based on input from the community and further discussions from the City.  They are ready to share these with the public.

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Funding Newton’s Educational Technology: Topic Meeting

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Wed, Dec 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton

Brown-bag lunches welcome

Technology and computers play a greater and greater role in Newton’s classrooms, just as they do in professional and everyday life.  Newton’s schools have faced challenges providing and paying for these tools, and the parent community has historically been called upon to raise funds to make up the difference.

Does this policy create inherent disparity in the quality of technology and teaching across Newton’s schools?  What plans does the School Department have to address purchases of hardware, of software, and for ensuring that faculty members are appropriately trained?  What do other municipalities do to ensure that these needs are met? [Read more…]

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