Tuesday, July 5

Marblehead Public Schools

Q1 appears to pass, Q2 fails as vote count goes deep into night
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Q1 appears to pass, Q2 fails as vote count goes deep into night

After several hectic hours when ballots ran out in all six Marblehead precincts, some initial election results showed voters approving Question 1, a $24.3 override for town capital spending, and rejecting Question2, a $3 million override for the schools. (Read more about the override votes on Wednesday, June 22.) The town-wide ballot shortage forced election officials to print paper copies of ballots, which could not be run through voting machines. That prompted a hand count that continued late into the night. Election workers were at Abbot Hall until 3:00 a.m., according to an official in the town clerk's office. Early results from Precincts 2 and 3 - which still excluded hand-count votes - showed Select Board incumbents Jackie Belf-Becker, Erin Noonan, Moses Grader, Alexa Singer a...
Marblehead voters OK $24.3M in capital projects
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Marblehead voters OK $24.3M in capital projects

In the Tuesday election, Marblehead approved a Proposition 2 1/2 debt-exclusion override to finance a $24.3 million smorgasbord of capital improvement projects over the next five years. According to preliminary machine and hand counted results, the first of two Proposition 2 1/2 override questions on the day's ballot was approved by a vote of 3,352 "yes" votes - or 57 percent - to 2,177 "no" votes. A total of 5,845 ballots were cast in a turnout that depleted the town's stockpile of ballots. "It's great," Select Board Chair Jackie Belf-Becker told Marblehead News as she watched results inside Abbot Hall. "We appreciate the support of the town." The spending voters approved can be broken down in four parts: $12.5 million on sidewalks and road improvements Almost $9 milli...
Marblehead voters turn down $3M permanent override for schools
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Marblehead voters turn down $3M permanent override for schools

In their annual election on Tuesday, Marblehead voters tuned down a proposed $3 million permanent override that sought to supplement the town's $43 million education budget. According to preliminary machine and hand counted results, the Proposition 2 1/2 override was defeated by a vote of 3,921 "no" votes - or by 67 percent - to 1,798 "yes" votes. A total of 5,845 ballots were cast in a turnout that depleted the town's stockpile of ballots. The measure would have raised Marblehead's levy limit and would have filled what Marblehead Superintendent John Buckey said was a $3 million funding gap. The override would have increased the tax bill of the owner of a median single-family home assessed at $738,000 by $310.53 annually, but the voters did not have an appetite for...
Marblehead marks Juneteenth with storytelling, music and poetry
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Marblehead marks Juneteenth with storytelling, music and poetry

The Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination, in conjunction with North Shore Juneteenth Association, staged Marblehead's second annual Juneteenth ceremony on Wednesday, June 8. Organizers called the ceremony a huge success and extra special with Marblehead Public Schools students involved. Greg Coles from Greg Coles Dance & Drum donated his time to share African drumming, storytelling and history. Student representatives to the MTFAD Alexis Earp and Celia Sliney ran the ceremony on the lawn outside Abbot Hall. The role of the student representative at MTFAD is to “help create a safe environment at school for all by listening to peers, advocating for inclusivity and creating programming for MPS." Earp read the land acknowledgment recently created by the MTFAD and...
Congratulations, Class of 2022!
Marblehead Public Schools

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Marblehead High School bid goodbye to 246 members of the Senior Class June 3 in acommencement ceremony both jubilant and poignant. Pointing to the Wright Brothers, valedictorian Jeffrey Lederman urged his classmates to “leaninto their confidence and take risks.” He reminded them that they all have the opportunity tochange the world A poignant moment came when Dahlia Galante accepted the diploma of her late brother, James. He was a star Marblehead High School football player who died in a car crash three months before graduation. Other speakers included: Salutatorian Grace MacLean, who was also class president; Ketsia Klamanga, who gave the opening remarks; Superintendent John Buckey and Principal DanBauer. The graduation was held under fair skies at Piper Field. Marbleh...
FOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Reece Dahlberg
Marblehead Public Schools, Town Election Guide

FOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Reece Dahlberg

Years in Marblehead: Four years Occupation/education: I was raised in Swampscott and Waterville Valley, N.H. I graduated from Holderness School in 1996 and in 2000 graduated from Wheaton College in Norton. While in college, I participated in Boston University’s Sydney Internship program where I worked on a local Australian election. During my time in college, I participated in the White House Internship Program in Washington DC where I was assigned to White House Counsel. After college, I worked as a paralegal for a residential and commercial real estate law firm in Boston. With the birth of my first child, I became a stay-at-home mom. I have spent the past nine years focused on being an active participant in the work of improving schools and my community. I believe that my experie...
FOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Sarah Fox
Marblehead Public Schools, Town Election Guide

FOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Sarah Fox

Years in Marblehead: 11 Occupation/education: Bachelor's degree in interior design, Wentworth Institute of Technology Appointed positions and/or elected offices: School Committee 2019-present, Brown School Building Committee 2016-present, Bell School Advisory Council 2015-2021, Brown School Advisory Council 2021 to present, Veterans School Advisory Council 2019-2020, Marblehead Public Schools Safety Committee 2021 to present, Marblehead Public Schools Budget Liaison 2019-2020, Marblehead Public Schools Facilities Committee (Chair) 2019- present, Aspire Early Intervention Parent representative. What are three reasons/issues as to why you’re running for election? I have a deep passion for effecting positive change in education. I am hoping to continue to bring my strong skill se...