Thursday, April 25, 2013
The fiscal 2014 Mansfield school budget includes 12 new position.
Superintendent Brenda Hodges revealed a balance school budget this week when the Mansfield School Committee held a public hearing for the fiscal 2014 school budget. Coming in at about $42.5 million, the budget was the work of the committee, Hodges, and Town Manager Bill Ross who worked together to set priorities and figure out a budget that would work financially. "This has been an interesting exercise to work together on this rather than doing it separately and fighting it out in the media,” Ross said. The new budget does include savings from retired teachers but does take into consideration the hiring of 12 desired positions that would cost $635,000 The school committee initially started with 32 desired position but the need to …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Due to the weather, the Mansfield Public Schools will not hold classes today.
In a statement released on the Mansfield Public Schools' official website at approximately 6:05 a.m., Superintendent Brenda Hodges has canceled school due to the inclement weather. Other schools in the area that will not open today include Southeastern Regional Vocational Tech in Easton and Al-Noor Academy in Mansfield. UPDATED-8:35 a.m.-Little Trails Learning Center will be opening with a two-hour delay at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Superintendent Brenda Hodges said she was unsure of the effects on Mansfield if Congress fails to prevent $85 billion in automatic spending cuts by March 1.
With the uncertainty of Congress preventing $85 billion in federal sequestration spending cuts from going into effect on March 1, it is unclear if the automatic cuts will have any effect on the Mansfield Public Schools. “We wouldn’t really be able to put an estimate on that at this point. I really don’t know what it would mean for us if it did happen,” Mansfield Public School Superintendent Brenda Hodges said. If Congress does not take action by the end of the month, a number of automatic cuts will take place including in education. According to the Obama Administration, Massachusetts would lose almost $14 million in cuts in education. Hodges added Mansfield does not get much federal funding or grant money because of the lack of a large …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Students will have a full day tomorrow instead of being released 90 minutes early.
Tomorrow's professional development day in the Mansfield Public Schools has been canceled. Students will now have a full day of school instead of being released 90 minutes early as originally planned. All schools will work on a normal schedule tomorrow. Due to last week's snowstorm, three days of school have been canceled and students were originally scheduled to have only two full days and an early release day before leaving for February vacation next week.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Once again Mansfield Public School students will have the day off.
Once again the doors to the Mansfield Public Schools will be closed as classes has been canceled for Tuesday, February 12. The cancellation marks the third day that school has been called off due to the recent snowstorm and the fourth weather related cancellation of the school year. "The town has been very challenged with the massive amount of snow," Mansfield Superintendent Brenda Hodges said. "It has been very challenging for the town to get all of the streets and sidewalks cleared for students to safely walk and buses to manage some of the streets." Students will now enjoy two full days of school in the final week of school before February vacation. Students will be released 90 minutes early on Wednesday due to a previously scheduled …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Mansfield Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges has announced that the Mansfield Public Schools will be closed on February 11, 2013.
With the roads still in need of cleaning and many of the sidewalks still covered with snow, Mansfield Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges has canceled school for Monday, February 11. The cancellation marks the second day school in Mansfield has been canceled due to Friday’s snowstorm and the third weather related cancellation of the school year. According to the announcement, school and town personnel are continuing to work to clear sidewalks, streets and high snow banks. "It remains difficult for both bus transportation and walkers to maneuver the streets, at this time. I am advising all administrative staff and office support staff to stay home," Hodges said. Hodges went on to say that the custodial and maintenance staff will …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Mansfield Public Schools will be closed due to a snowstorm that is expected to hit Mansfield on Friday.
Mansfield Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges announced today that school has been canceled on Friday, Feburary 8 due to the storm that is expected to hit Mansfield and most of Massachusetts. In a statement released by Hodges, all school personnel have been asked to stay home with the exception of essential workers custodial and maintenance departments. All extra curricular activities, athletic events and all practices have been canceled throughout the upcoming weekend. In addition, Southeastern Regional Vocational Tech has also canceled school. According to the National Weather Service, the area can expect the snow to start Friday morning and increase in intensity during Friday evening and early Saturday morning before tapering …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Superintendent Brenda Hodges said the budget situation in Mansfield is starting to come together.
Mansfield School Committee Chairman Michael Trowbridge said that the fiscal situation in Mansfield may be improving. “Not to be real optimistic, but we’re $1.1 million above what we were expecting,” he said. “Realize it’s still early in the process and there are a lot of things we need to shake out.” Mansfield Schools Superintendent Brenda Hodges said that to maintain level services, the district still needs $500,000 for what the current projections are. She said that everyone in the joint budget subcommittee strongly believe that chapter 70 state funding will be level funded at 2.5 percent for 2013, since Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget did not cut into state funding for schools. “It’s a moving target really until you get to May,” she said. …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
A look back at some of the top stores of the week.
Mansfield Man Arrested for B&E in Walpole Foxborough Police assisted Walpole in the arrest of two men and one woman Monday evening after one of the men was allegedly caught by a homeowner trying to break into a Main Street home in Walpole. "The resident was home when the suspect was breaking-in through a window after cutting a screen," Walpole Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael told Walpole Patch. The homeowner confronted the would-be thief outside the Walpole home and the suspect reportedly fled on foot to an awaiting vehicle further down Main Street. Click Here to Read More. Selectmen to Let Residents Vote on BYOB After three weeks of discussion, the selectmen will let the people of Mansfield decide the fate of the bring your own …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A Mansfield High senior Logan Marks has decided to help plant trees and beautify parts of the town for his senior project at MHS.
With an interest in making his home town greener, Mansfield High School senior Logan Marks knew what he wanted to do for his senior project. With the freedom to do his project on almost whatever he wanted, Marks decided that he wanted to help plant some new trees around Mansfield. With a desire to create a beautification project, Marks is working with his project’s mentor Neil Rhein of Keep Mansfield Beautiful to help make Mansfield greener. For the project, Marks’ goal is to make the area around the Robinson School sign, Qualters Middle School sign, and the island in the downtown area near Barrows Insurance a little more pleasant to the eye. To spruce up the sign for the Robinson School, Marks would like to place some small plants around …