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Melrose schools seek $480k for textbooks, curriculum updates

Posted by Jarret Bencks  March 29, 2013 05:25 PM

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The Melrose Public Schools are looking to take out a bond to buy $480,000 worth of new textbooks and other curriculum materials.

Half of the $480,000 would go to updating mathematics curriculum, from kindergarten to high school, according to a letter from Superintendent Cyndi Taymore to the City Council.

The state's new mathematics framework has made the district's current materials obsolete, according to Taymore.

"None of our materials are appropriately sequenced or aligned," the letter says.

The other half of the bond would pay for materials across disciplines, the letter said. It would be spread over the course of fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. Most of the mathematics items will be bought as soon as possible, according to the letter.

The City Council is expected to consider the bond proposal in a meeting April 1 at 7:45 p.m. at Melrose City Hall.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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