Arlington parents who want to know what special-education services are available through the town's public schools now have one place to look, a 19-page booklet.
The push for the booklet came from a parent group; the staff of the Arlington public schools' special-education department put together the first such reference. It was handed out to the School Committee at its April 10 meeting.
"As far as I know, it is the only recent effort to describe our current programming," wrote Kathleen Lockyer, interim director of special education.
Is Arlington ready for what a consultant calls "customer-friendly parking" in the Center, which they see as "broken"?
Clues to answering that came Monday, April 7, as representatives of Nelson Nygaard offered draft recommendations about Arlington Center parking to selectmen.
Here's what may be coming when a final recomendations arrive in about a month:
-- New meters for the Water Street and Russell Common lots;
-- Meters added along Mass. Ave. at locations in and near the Center;
-- Loosened restrictions on parking, including free parking, on streets neighboring Mass. Ave.; and
-- Improved signs and lighting.
As Town Meeting is set to begin April 28, a number of efforts are underway to inform members and the public about issues the meeting will face.
Town Moderator John Leone will conduct an introduction to Town Meeting and limited warrant review on Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Selectmen's Hearing Room in Town Hall (2nd floor, above the front door).
Starks seeks conversation about impact on students
The discussion began as quietly as a Dallin student taking an online test; it edged toward a decidedly emotional pitch.
Assistant Superintendent Laura Chesson told the School Committee on Thursday, April 10, that students at Dallin and Ottoson had participated in testing of PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Students had handled matters, she said, easier than the adults or the computer network, as Arlington is among a number of school statewide trying out the online exams, due to replace MCAS in 2016.
Steven Byrne, named chairman of the Arlington Board of Selectmen on Monday, April 7, for the next year, is the youngest to lead that body.
At 26, he has been on the board for two years, as has Joseph Curro Jr., who was named vice chairman. In both cases, the vote was unanimous.
Nominating Byrne was Selectman Kevin Greeley. Before there was second on the motion, Diane Mahon moved to close nominations.