Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Friday, July 15, 2011
A Real Thinker This One Is
For 60 years, according to some, the Tantasqua School Committee and the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen have chosen, and appointed a replacement to the School Committee when one was needed. They did this together. 60 years of using a system that worked well for both parties, until it was recently discovered that there there is a law that does not allow this to happen.
So, here are the questions of the day, do the past actions, over 60 years, establish enough of a precedent to supersede the newly discovered law? If an agreement was made between the School Committee , and the Board of Selectmen back then, what were the circumstances around that decision? Is this newly "discovered" law the sole reason behind the Board of Selectmen wanting to stop the current practice, or is there an agenda we don't see? And, speaking of agendas, if this law only recently came to light, who brought it to the attention of the Selectmen? How was it discovered? Why now? Was it always known, and just ignored? What is wrong with the original law, and having the BOS choose the replacement? Has the town been breaking the law for 60 years?
Ok, enough questions for this morning. Pour another coffee, and discuss.