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Results of Sunderland’s failed override

The article “Sunderland parents plan $100K fundraiser” by Ben Storrow appeared in the Greenfield Recorder Thursday.

The article summarizes how parents of children who attend Sunderland Elementary School plan to raise funds for the school; music, art and technology programs were cut after the failed override. Some students have already “choiced out” of Sunderland elementary, while others won’t be known to have choiced out until Sept 2.

The article “Sunderland reacts to ‘pothole’ money veto” by Ben Storrow appeared in the Greenfield Recorder today.

The article summarizes how Gov. Deval Patrick vetoed $2 million of “pothole funds.”

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Sunderland cuts services

The article “Sunderland cuts services after failed override vote,” by Ben Storrow, appeared in The Recorder today. It does not yet appear to be online.

The article summarizes what services were cut and rearranged by the town.

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Out of pocket donations to Sunderland Elementary School?

The article “Music, art technology cut in Sunderland,” by Ben Storrow, appeared in The Recorder Friday.

The article summarized cut and reduced positions and programs.

The comments rage back and forth, regarding the override, yet seem to lead towards support for the arts.

Some parents are concerned about the large class sizes, reduced teachers’ aids, and the arts programs.

WWLP highlighted parents’ concerns in a news package and article. A Sunderland Elementary School student, Sammi Penza, comments on the music programs.

CBS 3 Springfield also reported on cuts the school faces. Sunderland Elementary School principal, Penny Spearance, commented.

Monetary donations to the school and volunteering has been brought up, reports show.

An Associated Press article, “Parents pass the hat to make up for school cuts,” highlighted similar budget cut issues of schools throughout the country.

The AP’s Donna Gordon Blankinship reported:

The practice comes with some controversy.

Some fear it will only widen the gap between rich and poor school systems and set a dangerous precedent that will make it easier for politicians to shortchange public education. In New York City, parent groups ran afoul of the teachers union for using their own money to hire classroom aides.

Readers are welcome to post their thoughts and knowledge, and take this very unscientific poll posted below.

If there are parents of children in the school that want to share their story via video, I’d be willing to document this aspect of the defeated override.

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Received a nice note from Sunderland selectman

I received a nice comment from Sunderland Scott Bergeron.

I appreciate the comment and all the views my posts and videos have gotten. I am quite flattered. However, on the topic of reporting, I didn’t do that much reporting (access for blogging is a difficult thing). Most of what I did was compile information. I tried to keep everything as fair and balanced as possible because I am a journalism major. Of course, I wish I could always do more. I just do what I can.

Thank you viewers. I hope you continue to watch and support my work. Of course I will try to deliver the best possible work I can achieve.

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Sunderland override poetry

I’m wondering what people think of this little sign I found (yes late and after the override vote). What does it mean? What was the author trying to convey besides rejection of Sunderland’s proposed override?

Poetry or propaganda against the Sunderland override

Poetry or propaganda against the Sunderland override


An article regarding cuts the Sunderland Elementary School is facing appeared in The Recorder today. I can’t seem to find it online, but I will link to it if it gets posted.

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Sunderland override: Men Behind Signs

I went to the polls today and voted. Then, I interviewed two men who have some serious signage.

Sorry about the delayed upload; technology – can’t with or without it.

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Sunderland: More Yes and No

It might be a good idea to check out the specimen ballot before voting tomorrow.


Sunderlands July 18, 2009 specimen ballot

Sunderland's July 18, 2009 specimen ballot



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Mikes response to Pam

*Mike's response to Pam


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An article about the override appeared in The Republican, twice, and in The Recorder.



*Updated in this post was Mike’s response to Pam.

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