Support our K-5 Students
VOTE NO on Question 1
ON MARCH 17
In the March 17 Wellesley Town Election, residents will be asked to vote on a non-binding question (Question 1) that is the result of a citizen's petition.
Put Wellesley Students First.
The future of our schools depends on you.
A YES Vote
Could derail the significant progress that has been made toward building much-needed new elementary schools to serve the Hardy, Hunnewell, and Upham students.
A YES Vote
Is in direct conflict with the decisions and recommendations made by many town committees over the past eight years, all of which have been supported by Town Meeting.
Put Wellesley Students First and Support:
THOUGHTFUL DECISION-MAKING THAT CREATES TAXPAYER VALUE
Supporting the School Committee's careful planning to address one of the most complicated issues the Town has faced in decades.
Advocating for a solution that is both educationally and fiscally prudent – only asking taxpayers to fund the construction of schools that our enrollment warrants.
Acknowledging the work of 100+ resident volunteers to shape a plan for the future of Wellesley's elementary schools.
MOVING FORWARD COLLABORATIVELY
Recognizing that every committee since 2012, including the HHU Master Plan Committee, has recommended consolidation from 7 to 6 elementary schools, given current and projected K-5 enrollment.
Understanding that input from the community will continue to be sought before voters are asked to approve construction funds for either the Hunnewell or Hardy/Upham projects, likely in 2021.
Do not be misled.
A YES vote condones:
Putting approximately $13 million of state funding at risk.
Obligating taxpayers to fund a minimum of $40 million of unnecessary spending, given today's school building standards and construction costs.
DELAYING EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS
Stalling the construction of much-needed new facilities, possibly for years.
Prolonging the time that our students remain educated in out-of-date, deteriorating, and inappropriate buildings.
DECISION-MAKING NOT BASED IN FACTS
Ignoring the fact that
K-5 enrollment has declined by nearly 400 students – a decline that is projected to continue.
Disregarding the educational implications of our smallest schools getting even smaller.
A YES vote prioritizes an insistence on retaining all seven schools over the educational needs of our students and the quality of each school that is built.
Your NO vote is a vote for:
Put Wellesley Students First
Our Youngest Learners Are Counting On You
Given the years of planning, study, and design to replace the Hardy, Hunnewell, and Upham schools, there is a significant amount of reference material available to residents. Here is a sampling of documents that we believe are the most critical:
School Committee Position Statement (May 2017; Revised 2018)
HHU Master Plan Committee Report (March 2017)
FutureThink Enrollment Report (January 2020)
More decisions still remain before these projects can be brought to the voters for approval, currently scheduled for spring 2021. For more information on current status of the projects, and the many decisions and significant plans already made, visit the Town's official HHU page at wellesleyHHU.org.