Some members of the Peabody School Committee, citing student safety and disruption of the educational process, would like ban the city from using schools as polling locations on Election Day.
How do you feel about the issue?
Tags: peabody elections, Peabody School Committee, voting, Voting in schools
OG says…few thoughts on this since it has been an issue that has been brought to the table by Brandi Carpenter I believe well over a year ago? 1) can we always just have ‘professional development days’ scheduled on local/state/national election days? if so, then problem solved. but if we continue to have people vote during school in session days here are some questions to ponder> 2) how well and thoroughly do our city election officials communicate with school administration officials prior to and during election days? 3) does each school make sure that all voters can only enter and exit the school building via ONE spot? who monitors this at each school to insure that it happens?i 4) can’t we do a much better job providing signage for parking and traffic flow at school zones on election day??
Something to ponder. In the election of November 5th:
Percentage of Total Registered Peabody Voters who voted at a school – 11%
Percentage of Peabody Public Students who missed a day of school – 100%
Percentage of Peabody Voters who didn’t vote – 76%
Percentage of Peabody Public Students who received classroom instruction – 0%
Total number of Registered Peabody Voters who voted at a school – 3,957
Total number of Peabody Public Students who missed a day of school – 6,200+
I wonder when the citizens of Peabody will take their “obligation” to participate in free elections as seriously as our obligation to educate our kids and keep them safe.
Thank the school committee for making election day a non-school day, Ms. Carpenter in particular. It seems it is the only thing she ever thinks about. Totally unnecessary thing to do. I can’t think of anything ever happening in a school that was a direct result of people voting in the building. If it has to be a no school day then make it a professional development day for teachers. They get enough of them throughout the year, just schedule one on election day. Problem solved.
Brandi Carpenter is an example of what happens when a PTO mom is elected to the school committee. She might be even less qualified to serve then Charest if that is possible
OG says…let’s be civil here with some of the comments…make no mistake that voting during a school day brings ‘strangers’ into a school building for extended hours and adds some car and foot traffic that typically does not exist….it can have some safety implications and no one wants to see any child harmed…..if you read my post earlier today the simple solution is to plan ahead and just schedule the professional development days on election days and the issue is resolved in my view…do we really want to pull voting out of all schools and relocate the booths where people typically go to vote??? is that really necessary? why not keep it simple ?
Brandi’s days as a school committee person here in Peabody are coming to a halt real soon. For the past 2 elections she ran I supported her candidacy, no more. This new initiative of hers is nothing but a ploy to get her name in the papers and cause a stink. Maybe we should look for a new place for her to hide the meeting notes from the public in regards to the school committee meetings. See ya!
OG says….I would have to thank that Brandi is representing an ardent small group constituency who feels pretty strong about this issue at the elementary school level…I suspect that its roots may lie up at the Burke School area which has always been congested with vehicle traffic at key times of the day…but I think that each elected rep has to pick and choose their battles smartly and it appears that Brandi is on board with this issue….
OG says…upon further reflection I think that we should move all polling places closer to Gamache based supporters homes so they have an even shorter commute to the polls for any upcoming 12 hour election days here in Dark City.
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