Breaking News: School Committee Votes to Return Kindergarten, Moderate Special-Needs Students to Four-Day Model
Bedford’s School Committee on Tuesday unanimously voted to return all kindergarten students, as well as a cohort of 149 students with moderate learning disabilities, to four-day, in-person earning.
The changes from the hybrid model, which will necessitate the hiring of eight teachers and assistants for about a half-year, will cost approximately $240,000 for personnel. As much as $180,000 in possible additional expenses for equipment and materials was also authorized.
Most of the money will come from available funds. A reserve fund transfer will probably be processed in the spring. No town meeting action will be needed.
There was no exact timetable attached to the votes, but implementation will take several weeks. Besides hiring, there will be several physical changes that will involve desk replacement and changing some current student configurations in classrooms.
Light up, Bedford! The holidays are upon us!
That’s the Rotary Club of Bedford’s proclamation, as it kicks off the holiday season with Light Up Bedford—A Decoration Celebration!
And they want you to join in. Dig out those decorations from your closets, attics, and basements. Get busy and seasonally adorn your homes and businesses! From your lawns and trees, your porches and front doors, and up to your rooftops!
Decorate! Decorate! Decorate!
With a holiday weekend coming up there’s still time to rake the yard and get rid of the leaves and other stuff that’s fallen from the trees.
Disposal’s easy: You can take them to the Compost Center on Carlisle Road, or leave them at the curb for yard waste pick up starting on November 30.
I can always recall returning home as a freshman from Marist College in 2019 after being away for thirteen weeks. As we drove back through town, the fall leaves had left the trees and the town was preparing for the holiday season; Thanksgiving was only a day or two away. I gazed at the town I had called home for thirteen years as if for the first time.
When I got to my house and entered my bedroom it was sort of empty. My drawers had a few clothes inside that had been left behind, unworn for many years. I had packed light for this holiday visit knowing I’d be returning to school for just two more weeks before spending the winter break back in Bedford. For a moment there I felt like a stranger in my own room, memories from every year in high school stashed inside; my class ring, a photo album from senior year, a picture from my time as a cheerleader freshman year. I was most excited to be back in my own bed! Unlike my other classmates, I had not been home all semester. Sleeping on the little twin got old at school and I was excited to snuggle up in a familiar place of comfort and warmth.