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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 23-29, 2019 LINCOLN 7 LINCOLN – The Lincoln School Department is looking to hire an assistant superintendent of curricu- lum and instruction for the district. The new position would replace and take over the responsibilities of the director of curriculum position previously held by Caroline Frey, who resigned in March. Supt. Larry Filippelli said the vacancy in the curriculum office opened up an opportunity for the district to reshuffle administrative responsibilities to be more aligned with districts of a similar size. "It is very, very common to com- bine these two positions," he said Tuesday. "With an assistant superintendent, the roles and responsibilities are a little bit more than a curriculum director so you have a stronger back- up when any situation arises in the district," he added. "As an assistant superintendent, when my superior was away, the care and control of the district was in the assistant super- intendent's hands because they hold the correct certification." Frey did hold a superintendent cer- tification, so Filippelli clarified that the change was not a reflection on her, but said if he were to attend a conference or call out sick, "I want to be able to have a strong number two who is certified to make important decisions." School Committee Chairman Joe Goho said he supports bringing on an assistant superintendent because it's a model he's seen frequently during the hiring process for a new superintendent. "I came away from that hiring process thinking the folks who had served as assistant superintendents were much more polished, and were able to step in if anything were to happen to the district," he said. The assistant superintendent will help Filippelli in the "development, promotion and implementation of the district's priorities and objec- tives as they relate to the instruction programs for students and teachers," according to the job description. The job was posted on SchoolSpring on Monday, with a May 31 deadline to apply. Filippelli said he'd like to appoint someone to the position during the June 10 School Committee meeting, with a start date of July 1. Lincoln schools seek assistant superintendent By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com LINCOLN – The Town Council's ordinance subcommittee is getting closer to establishing new rules pro- hibiting drainage of water into local roadways. The discussion started during the winter months when residents, including Town Councilor Ken Pichette, reported slippery roads as their often well-intended neighbors pumped water into the streets that would freeze over when tempera- tures dipped. The so-called Street Drainage Ordinance has undergone a num- ber of changes since it was first referred to committee in January. In its current form, the proposed ordinance would prohibit the drainage of groundwater into town streets with the following excep- tions: • Where special permission is given by the Department of Public Works director, in cases of emer- gency or in special temporary cases. • And natural drainage from driveways and lawns. The ordinance would restrict any private pipes, ditches, drains or related equipment from emptying groundwater into town streets. The language specifically tar- gets groundwater, not any form of water. Having the ordinance be too broad would have barred residents from washing their car in the drive- way, an example offered by Town Engineer Leslie Quish. She said the latest proposed ordi- nance would allow some "wiggle room" for residents to minimize the amount of groundwater coming off the property by working with her office and the DPW director to come up with a reasonable solution. For some people, she said that could be as simple as changing the direction of their discharge pipe toward a town catch basin. Under the current language, which is subject to change, anyone found in violation would be given written warning from the town and allowed 30 days to make an appointment with town officials to explore a remedy for the violation. If the resident failed to act on the agreed upon "reasonable solution," the person or business would be liable for a fine not to exceed $100 for each day of the violation. Councilor Arthur Russo said the ordinance would provide an added level of enforceability for the town in dealing with stubborn residents who may be intentionally discharg- ing groundwater into the street, Lincoln's proposed street drainage ordinance would have some exceptions By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See DRAINAGE, Page 15 Bring Your Furry Friend! PET WALK Saturday, June 1 Register 9 a.m. • Walk 10 a.m. e Monastery Gazebo Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland PET BANDANAS • GOODIE BAGS • RAFFLES FREE PHOTOS • COFFEE AND DONUTS All proceeds to benefit the combined Lincoln & Cumberland Animal Shelters, and other local Rotary Charities. $15 registration at www.Eventbrite.com Search 'Rotary Pet Walk' Rotary Club of Cumberland-Lincoln

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