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“Newton Leads: Ideas and Action”

Neighbors, Family and Friends Budget Meet-up

Neighbors, family and friends, please join Mayor Setti Warren for a special budget edition “Newton Leads: Ideas and Action” meet-up on Friday, March 27th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Mason-Rice Elementary School.

Mayor Warren, Superintendent of Schools David Fleishman, and City Department Heads will be available to answer questions on the City’s budget for next year and listen to feedback in a casual drop-in format. There will also be food and kid-friendly games and activities. For questions, please contact Meaghan Maher, Community Engagement Director, at 617-796-1101 or

Mason-Rice Elementary School
149 Pleasant Street, Newton Centre
March 27th, 5:30-7:00 pm

FY2016 Budget Proposal

Superintendent Fleishman has released the FY16 Proposed Budget. The full report is available here: Superintendent’s Proposed Budget or on the NPS School Committee web page at this link Budget Information.

In addition, the Budget Presentation which include highlights of the budget and the Budget Calendar can be viewed here: Budget Presentation.

Please see the post below for important information about School Committee Office Hours.

School Committee announces Office Hours

The Newton School Committee will receive the proposed budget on March 13th and begin its review and discussion on March 16th. We will be holding office hours on March 16th following our School Committee meeting which begins at 4:30 pm. Office hours will start at approximately 6:15 or 6:30 and end at approximately 7:15.

The School Committee is eager to try this new format in order to provide you with another opportunity to provide feedback in addition to the other times for public comments. We welcome questions and input and stress that this will mainly be a listening format. We are not trying to solve problems or make promises but are there to listen to concerns, questions and suggestions.

The format will be:

  • School Committee members, in teams of at least two, will be available in room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The meeting will be an Open Meeting and may be televised by NewTV.
  • This is a casual format. They will sit with individuals or groups and listen to concerns/questions about the budget.
  • In order to facilitate as many individuals as possible, they’d like to meet with each person/group for approximately 10 minutes.
  • The budget documents will be available in advance.
  • If you have questions, or would like to sign up in advance, please contact School Committee members at



A Day of Community Service
Sunday April 26th, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Rain or Shine
Morning, Afternoon and All Day Projects

NewtonSERVES—A Day of Community Service is the kickoff for NewtonSERVES Volunteer Week. Mayor Setti D. Warren is encouraging religious organizations, schools and non-profits to identify service projects that need volunteers. He is also asking citizens, businesses and civic organizations to volunteer and make a difference in the community.

There are lots of ways that you can volunteer including: donating food to the local food pantries, delivering meals to a sick neighbor or friend, tutoring a child, picking up litter in your neighborhood, donating blood at your local Red Cross, or volunteering on Sunday April 26th for the Day of Community Service.

Do you have a project that you would like to be part of NewtonSERVES? Each project must be organized by a NEWTON non-profit, community service agency, city department, or a group of citizens (e.g., neighbors cleaning up a park). Sorry, no businesses or political action groups.

Register your project

Question, Persuade, Refer

Question, Persuade, Refer, QPR,  is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary
citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need.

The next session intended for adults will be on March 12th, 10:00 am to 12:00. Please see this Brochure for registration details and other information.