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Police say man tried to abduct 6-year-old girl
WEBSTER - Police searched yesterday morning for the driver of a silver pickup truck who reportedly tried to abduct a 6-year-old girl.
Sgt. Thomas V. Ralph said police got a call about 8:55 a.m. yesterday from a Killdeer killdeer, common North American shorebird related to the plover and the sandpiper. It is about 10 in. (25 cm) in length and its plumage is grayish brown with a double black band across a white breast. Its simple nest is a depression in the soil or gravel. Road resident. He said a man driving the pickup truck stopped in front of a house on that street, rolled a window down and asked the girl in the front yard if she could help him look for his lost dog. The girl's mother was looking out a front window of the house at the time, and when she opened the door to ask the man what was going on he left the area at what Sgt. Ralph described as a high rate of speed.
The girl's mother said she didn't recognize the man or the truck and police were unable to find the vehicle.
19 teacher positions could be eliminated
WORCESTER - Although it is still relatively early in the school district's budget process, the city might have to cut up to 19 elementary teacher positions in the next fiscal year to help fix a projected $1.3 million shortfall. Those cuts would mean that more than 50 of the district's 555 elementary classrooms would have 27 to 29 students.
The calculations are based on the governor's budget proposal. The House budget is expected next week and is usually the source on which the school administration bases its budget recommendations, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. an April 5 memo from Superintendent Melinda J. Boone to the School Committee. The administration will give a budget update at the committee's April 26 meeting and submit its budget proposal at the end of May.
"The focus for the administration between now and the submittal of the budget is an attempt to restore any of the elementary positions," Ms. Boone said in the memo.
Secondary schools will see little or no change in staffing levels, because any cut would result in fewer course offerings, Ms. Boone said.
Override An arrangement whereby commissions are made by sales managers based upon the sales made by their subordinate sales representatives. A term found in an agreement between a real estate agent and a property owner whereby the agent keeps the right to receive a commission for the sale of proposal on town meeting warrant
PAXTON - A Proposition 2-1/2 override - to cover part of the operating budget Noun 1. operating budget - a budget for current expenses as distinct from financial transactions or permanent improvements
budget items, operating cost, operating expense, overhead - the expense of maintaining property (e.g. for the Wachusett Regional School system - will be included in the Finance Committee's recommendations to the annual town meeting May 7.
The committee this week approved a total budget of $11,027,033, an increase of almost $500,000 over the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
The override affects the regional agreement spending assessment, the only part of the school budget that is not mandated and which the Wachusett towns can control. It has been set at $737,333, of which $366,041 would be on the override.
Finance Committee Chairman Richard Fenton said acceptance of the override would equate e·quate
v. e·quat·ed, e·quat·ing, e·quates
1. To make equal or equivalent.
2. To reduce to a standard or an average; equalize.
3. to an increase of $238 in annual property taxes on a house valued at $300,000.
School Committee notes grants, donations
WORCESTER - Thursday night's School Committee meeting was notable not only for its discussion of a recovery high school and innovation school proposals but also for the fact that the committee managed to cover approximately 38 agenda items in less than two hours. The brisk pace might be attributable to the fact that only five of the items (counting the usual personnel items as one) were directly related to pre-kindergarten-through-12th grade academics. They were outweighed by recognitions and appreciations (seven items); eight miscellaneous items (such as one from members Dianna L. Biancheria, John F. Monfredo and Brian A. O'Connell requesting the number of students, by school, who will participate in a state construction career day); and acceptances of grants and donations (six items).
Selectmen SELECTMEN. The name of certain officers in several of the United States, who are invested by the statutes of the several states with various powers. OK sewer line Noun 1. sewer line - a main in a sewage system
main - a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage to Webster plant
DUDLEY - Selectmen have unanimously agreed to a revised contract that allows Oxford to run a sewer line through Dudley for connection with Webster's wastewater treatment plant Wastewater treatment plant also called wastewater treatment works
When Oxford Town Manager Joseph M. Zeneski presented a sewer expansion plan to selectmen in January, the board asked for rights to connect. Mr. Zeneski agreed.
When the intermunicipal agreement arrived in March, selectmen refused to sign citing a clause that would prohibit Dudley connections.
Earlier this week, Mr. Zeneski presented a reworked contract that includes provisions for connections by Dudley property owners abutting the new Oxford line.
The distinction, Mr. Zeneski said, is property owners may connect and become customers of the Town of Oxford, but the Town of Dudley may not.
"I am very satisfied that we're helping out certainly Oxford and Webster and we're also helping out any property owners in Dudley who may wish to connect. That was my major concern so I'm very pleased with it," Selectman se·lect·man
One of a board of town officers chosen annually in New England communities to manage local affairs.
Noun 1. selectman - an elected member of a board of officials who run New England towns Paul M. Joseph said.
When Selectman Jonathan Ruda asked if new Dudley businesses development along the line would be permitted to connect, the answer was yes.
"The only problem we might have is if there is a lack of capacity in the pipe. It's going to be first come, first serve," Mr. Zeneski said.