Author: Kaylee Sullivan

Voters’ guide to TMD

Exercising your constitutional right to vote can be exciting, especially if you’re a first-timer. But whether you’re a new or regular voter, ballots can be confusing. The Indy is here to help. Here, we attempt to explain each item on the two-sided ballot voters will receive on Town Meeting Day. 1. Town elections: The top of this year’s ticket is blank: No one has run for town moderator for a number of years, and 2018 will be no different. Just below it, neither town clerk Sheryl Prince nor town treasurer John Gifford face any competition for their respective positions. 2....

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Milton English learner program sees great growth

For a student who has two languages spoken at home, learning English may mean jumping a few extra hurdles. In Milton, Stephanie Teleen is here to help. Teleen, Milton Town School District’s English language learning teacher, has seen an increase from 16 to 26 students in just one year. Her position is likely to expand from part- to full-time next year, if voters approve the proposed fiscal year 2019 school budget on Town Meeting Day. There’s a growing need for English learning education in Milton, Teleen said, as students represent 16 countries and speak 11 languages – including Vietnamese,...

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District eyes real estate purchase

On Town Meeting Day, voters will decide if the Milton Town School District should move forward with a $135,000 real estate purchase. The property at 12 Bradley St., adjacent to Milton Elementary and Middle School, is up for sale. Milton schools have a history of space issues, so officials say the opportunity is too good to pass up. “This is a once in a lifetime deal,” school trustee Cathy Vadnais said. “If we don’t buy it, someone else will.” The proposed purchase is a new life for the home, whose owner died last August after a fight against cancer....

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Meet the school board candidates

Each year, the Milton Independent poses questions to candidates seeking elected office to better inform voters. This year, six candidates are vying for four Milton School Board positions, two of which are contested. Incumbent and chairwoman Lori Donna is running for a three-year seat against newcomer Emily Hecker. Meanwhile, Rick Dooley challenges trustee Greg Burbo, who was appointed to the board last summer. Mike Joseph, who was appointed soon after, faces no competition. Jeremy Metcalf, who petitioned for the remaining two years on vice-chairwoman Cathy Vadnais’ three-year seat, is also running solo. We asked the candidates four questions and...

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District responds to MMS social media threat

Milton Middle School principals learned a student posted a threatening message on social media this weekend, an email sent to parents Monday afternoon said. The district took action to keep the community safe, superintendent Ann Bradshaw said in the email obtained by the Milton Independent, and contacted school resource officer Cpl. Scott Philbrook. Citing privacy laws, Bradshaw wrote she could not provide any specific details about the matter, but she used the opportunity to educate parents on Milton’s evolving school safety policies. “In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Florida and the threat closer to home in...

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