, Salem, MA

Local News

October 23, 2013

School board vs. registrars -- no decision

PEABODY — The School Committee and the Board of Registrars disagreed last night on whether voting should continue in the Peabody schools. But they did it politely.

On the other hand, in a one-hour-plus meeting, nothing was really settled except that no change will come prior to the upcoming Nov. 5 city election. So, vote in the same old place. For his part, registrar and City Clerk Tim Spanos noted that June is the deadline to rearrange voting for the 2014 election.

School board members, who believe state law gives them control over the buildings, made the case that voting detracts from the mission of the schools and even represents a threat to students because of heavy traffic and strangers entering the building. Currently, 11 of 19 polling places are in schools.

The registrars, meanwhile, stressed the disruption they would face in finding alternate places for voting, suggesting it would cost money and present an obstacle, discouraging people from exercising their franchise.

“I don’t think anybody here is looking to ram anything down anybody’s throat,” said School Committee member Jarrod Hochman.

“What I’ve been asking for is to have a discussion,” said colleague Ed Charest. While he recalled hearing complaints from school principals about the burden of turning parts of the schools over for voting, he stressed that he wanted to hear the registrars’ ideas.

“Can we get you to change your ideas?” Mike Moutsoulas, a registrar, responded, smiling.

Charest referenced traffic problems, noting, “I know people who don’t like going to the school to vote because they go when school is getting out. They hate that.”

“I’m sure,” Spanos said.

Hochman asked if the Northshore Mall could be a good spot for voting, perhaps with a wing designated the only location citywide. The mall might embrace the idea, he suggested.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Comments Tracker