Dear Upton Residents,
I am writing today to ask you to attend the Upton Annual Town Meeting on May 5, 7 pm at Nipmuc Regional High School. A resident has petitioned the Board of Selectmen to add a warrant article to the Annual Town Meeting (Article 28) for a $1.4 million underride (the same amount of the override last spring) in order to reduce funding for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District budget. We need your help to ensure this does not happen.
Our district has made tremendous strides over the past several years based, in part, on the dedication of our citizens to provide the funds necessary to maintain our programs and our collaboration with the towns. Since passing of the override in 2015 our district has provided reasonable class sizes, added additional programming in STEM, world languages, and career exploration, enhanced technology for students, and provided additional supports to our youngest learners.
Many of us remember how the district struggled during the economic downturn of the past recession and don’t wish to repeat those lessons. If this article passes then it will create similar kinds of issues for the school and Upton.
We need your help and attendance to ensure that the school district budget is not impacted on May 5. Being there and voting this article down, will help us continue the positive momentum and ensure that we can continue the good work that has been done over the last 6 years.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the school budget. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued commitment to the Mendon-Upton Regional School District.
Phil De Zutter
Chairman MURSD School Committee