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    Hi Jeff, I am sorry that you are not running,...

    Hi Jeff,
    I am sorry that you are not running, but it is understandable. I saw first hand how brutal the attacks were on your character, job etc. and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
    I think it is...
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    SOS doesn't support any candidates?

    Steve,
    All SOS co- chairs supported candidates.
    Everyone received the emails they forwarded around supporting Malcom Astley, Jeff Dieffenbach, Sue Pope, and Tom Fay.
    Can anyone truly dispute this?
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    Jeff, Were there NEW costs figured into...

    Jeff,

    Were there NEW costs figured into Fincom's FY10 guideline for the schools that did NOT occur in FY09? (Costs that did not occur this year but will take effect next year) Also, doesn't the...
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    Tracy, I am really glad that Bill Gates'...

    Tracy,

    I am really glad that Bill Gates' parents didn't take the attitude your taking now back in the 60's, otherwise you and I would be unable to communicate our opinions to each other on this...
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    Calculate lost opportunities for elementary school students

    Jeff,

    Opportunities have been lost for elementary school students that have not yet been quantified. I am not in the position to know what all of them are, but I can speak from personal...
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    Jeff, You dragged the entire town on a wild...

    Jeff,

    You dragged the entire town on a wild goose chase about declining enrollment for two years. You turned out to be wrong. You cost 300 families their local school and untold grief. I can...
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    A kick in the teeth

    So not only was the Loker School closed without even a visit from the Superintendent beforehand (we were informed via backpack mail), but our teachers and students were then put on overcrowded buses...
  8. Climbing enrollment

    Jeff,

    The examining in detail should have taken place before the redistricting/reconfiguration.
    Is it true that as of the enrollment numbers published on December 1, 2008, we have no declining...
  9. Thread: Salaries

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    Jeff, I heard that this accounting system was...

    Jeff,
    I heard that this accounting system was intended to replace administrative staff in the school's administrative department. Is this true, and if so, what savings was realized from this?
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    For the life of me I can't understand why every...

    For the life of me I can't understand why every effort raised by parents to create a "safer" situation is dismissed. There are at least 3 crosswalks on School Street that only have a sidewalk on one...
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    Thanks Jeff, I'll look for those at the meeting.

    Thanks Jeff, I'll look for those at the meeting.
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    I am not sure why you are taking a pass on...

    I am not sure why you are taking a pass on responding. I understand Mr. Baron's post to mean that there is nothing that can be gained from beating the dead horse of the past, and how do we serve the...
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    Mythbusters: Enrollment decline

    Jeff,

    Is it true that we only have 10 (or is it 3) fewer students this year than last year?
    Also, how is enrollment determined other than standard methods of registration?
  14. Jeff, you can thank residents like John Flaherty...

    Jeff, you can thank residents like John Flaherty who wrote numerous times to the community, begging them not to vote "NO".
    You can also thank Jeff Baron, who worked hard to listen to the community...
  15. You and the SC went out of your way to save an...

    You and the SC went out of your way to save an additional $200,000 more than you were asked to by the fianace committee. If you really wanted to maintain level services by keeping Loker a full...
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    Kim, I do not want to take anything you said...

    Kim,

    I do not want to take anything you said out of context because what you are saying make perfect sense except for one thing. You are assuming that we had some say in the matter. That we were...
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    Kim, The bulk of the burden was carried by...

    Kim,

    The bulk of the burden was carried by the Loker Community. The administration, and Mr. Dieffenbach were very determined that no other redistricting would take place, not even to save money,...
  18. I vehemently disagree with you. I also believe...

    I vehemently disagree with you.
    I also believe that no one even looked at bus routes for savings a period of more than 10 years.
    On the cheap gas thread, you stated that you increased the...
  19. I take exception with revisionist history. The...

    I take exception with revisionist history.

    The elementary routes had not been looked at in over 10 years while at the same time you point out how enrollment has declined over a 10 year period.
    ...
  20. To quote our now famous Treasury Secretary Henry...

    To quote our now famous Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson:
    "Heaven help us all."
  21. Is it inappropriate to question the budgeting process?

    Questioning an expense or failed policy is perfectly within the rights of all taxpayers, and one shouldn't be characterized as being "unfair to the educators to whom we trust our children" for doing...
  22. Jeff, I would agree that it simply isn't...

    Jeff,

    I would agree that it simply isn't possible for the committee to catch everything. You are volunteers, not full time paid employees. That said, how do we fix this? Does any of this "numbers...
  23. A place to start

    John,

    Your point is excellent.
    Perhaps if the budget were presented line by line to the taxpayers like a shareholders document, there would be much less to question.

    I have a difficult time...
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    Having had full faith in the town's political...

    Having had full faith in the town's political process prior to the windows assurances, I am just trying to read between the lines- that's all.
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    What's happening?

    I am not sure I understand what is going on.

    Jeff Dieffenbach was the poster who first used the name of a woman who has not been to this website. I understood that to be the offending post.
    Why...
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    Why is everyone so upset?

    I can certainly understand why people are very upset.
    The elementary school system in Wayland has been comprimised, creating great strain on families.
    Dr. Burton may say he accepts full...
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    Or a manager?

    Or are you a manager of a CEO responsible to taxpayers?
    You seem to be contradicting yourself.
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    Just a volunteer?

    Jeff, are you just a volunteer?
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    Administrative salaries

    John,

    How do these salaries compare with our "peer" communities?
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    I agree with you Mary. If Wayland Schools are...

    I agree with you Mary.

    If Wayland Schools are going to stay innovative, we need an administration that is community responsive and excited to envision what is possible.
    We can and should be the...
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    When the issue was brought up about the capacity...

    When the issue was brought up about the capacity of busses preventing children from being able to occasionally have a playdate, Dr. Burton responded that the busses "are not required to bring...
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    Jeff, Discomfort is an understatement. Besides...

    Jeff,

    Discomfort is an understatement. Besides the saftey concerns;
    It's nearly impossible to get children to any after school activities. We had to cancel a classs our daughter took for years....
  33. Thread: Cheap Gas

    by Mary Barber
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    Jeff, I can't help but wonder what this year...

    Jeff,

    I can't help but wonder what this year would look like if the safety priority (in your mind) were transportation vs. 911 telephone capabilties.
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    It's not about safety

    John,

    I don't think you are going to get answers from the administration about the satellite photos because I doubt they were studied. Dr. Burton said he recommended Happy Hollow as the school to...
  35. Thread: Cheap Gas

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    Jeff, Paul's question seems to me to be how...

    Jeff,

    Paul's question seems to me to be how did you estimate that the figure of $100,000 for fuel would need to be increased to $150,000 back in November?
    At that time, gas prices were 50% lower.
  36. Thread: Cheap Gas

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    It shouldn't take a math genius to figure this out

    If nothing at all changed (ie no reconfiguration), the bus contract increased this year by 7%.
    Fuel costs have increased by at least (and this is a conservative guess) 50%
    since last year.
  37. Thread: Cheap Gas

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    Gas should be a concern.

    January 17th the price of diesel gas was $3.43 p/ gal.
    Today it was $4.95 per gallon.
  38. Funny. The people who spoke against the motion...

    Funny. The people who spoke against the motion seemed very well prepared. They were reading off notes.
  39. Thread: Cheap Gas

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    Gas is costly.

    Though it may bring some comfort that we are paying less for gas than let's say, Europe, consider this recent interview with Peter Buetel:

    The cost of even a penny increase in gasoline is huge to...
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    Loker rental

    Does anyone have any inormation about The Tech Collaborative, apotential renter of the Loker School building?

    What do they do, and what will they be paying in rent?
  41. Jeff, You can ask people to open their...

    Jeff,

    You can ask people to open their wallets, but you shouldn't close their school without warning(and it was a full school with no empty classrooms I should point out.) You noted on another...
  42. Empty classrooms....

    Hi Tracy,

    We are keeping an elementary school open with empty classrooms- Loker.
    The concern some of us have now is maxed class sizes. Stacey Adelman wrote about this on the override business...
  43. The "Right" call

    Jeff,

    What is good about the 2 1/2 model? Let's start there.
    If the pros of the model were overwhelming, why did Dr. Burton himself not want to consolidate?

    I believe there is a right and...
  44. Why jam the kids in the schools?

    Stacey's post brings me back to the question: Why are we doing this? What are we really saving?

    Why are we cramming the kids into every nook and crannie left at the other two elementary schools,...
  45. John Flaherty is very involved and positive

    Hi,

    I am writing in to attest to the good character of John Flaherty and his positive involvement in the community.
    John is a very special person. He's incredibly honest, caring, and hard...
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    Jeff: I took the comparison very seriously, and...

    Jeff: I took the comparison very seriously, and after the initial premature (in hindsight) decision in January, did not make up my mind until the final weekend before the vote. Three members (a...
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