2018/19 Meetings

#1: ExCom  August 28th 2018
        Pre-Year meeting Bristol
#2: ExCom  October 24th 2018
#2.5 Grievance Training November 26th 2018
#3: ExCom January 23rd 2019
#4: ExCom  March 27th 2019
#5: ExCom May 22nd 2019
#6: Annual Membership:
        DRHS cafeteria 5pm 
June 5, 2019*

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January 30th from 5:00 - 7:30. It will be held at Attleboro High School

posted Jan 10, 2019, 12:46 PM by Timothy Kelly

Good afternoon,
     As you may know the MTA has made some real traction with the Fund our Future campaign (https://massteacher.org/current-initiatives/fund-our-future.  )NPR spoke about it yesterday and seemed to say that the Governor is behind it to a degree.   Simply put the spending formula, the foundation budget, is broken.  The state’s foundation budget formula, which is used to determine how much state and local governments must spend to educate our students, was created after passage of the 1993 Education Reform Act. A nonpartisan Foundation Budget Review Commission found in 2015 that the formula is now badly out of date. A bill to update the formula made it through the state Senate in the last session but died in the House. As a result, the funding crisis is getting worse. Too many students don’t receive the academic, social and emotional support they need to thrive.

Increases are needed in four areas:

  • Educating students who have disabilities
  • Educating students who are English learners
  • Educating students who are from low-income families
  • Providing health insurance to staff

State politicians are starting to listen
  While we worked to get an override last summer to protect the integrity of our schools ... The selectman can (and probably will)  alicate the new tax revenue for the sy19-20 the way they want.   The State by underfunding schools is destroying communities.   

This is our chance to make a big impact!! 
   Dighton Rehoboth, Attleboro and Norton are teaming up to have this forum ... State elected officials will be there... we need numbers .. This is the time to send a message to them that they need to keep their promise...    

We need to fire up members to come to the event... food is provided ... Please hang a few posters and start spreading the word ..I'll send an i-contact this weekend ... PLEASE TALK IT UP!!!

Yours in solidarity,
Tim Kelly

Tim Warren's message;

Hello Friends,

I am writing to invite you to a very important event. We are having a Community Forum for our region on January 30th from 5:00 - 7:30. It will be held at Attleboro High School. We will be discussing the importance of passing the Foundation Budget to make sure all of our students get the well rounded education they deserve. If passed, the budget would fix the funding formula because a nonpartisan study found that Massachusetts education is underfunded by $1.5 billion. It would mean over $698,000 a year for our district. If that is not enough for you, I will be hosting the event and would really appreciate some friendly faces in the crowd. We will have a quick explanation on the campaign, remarks from state legislators and panelists. There will also be appetizers at the beginning. I hope to see you all there to put our elected officials feet to the fire. There is a flyer for the event attached. 

RSVP here: https://masstea.ch/2SfwSou

More info on the Fund Our Future: https://massteacher.org/current-initiatives/fund-our-future

In Solidarity,

Tim Warren

3 Pay periods in November

posted Nov 28, 2018, 7:04 AM by Timothy Kelly

They do not skip deductions in third pay checks anymore . They have basically now divided what you owe by the number of checks that you get. It makes for easier book keeping. .This did happen last year   So it is not an error ...they just spread them out.

Grievance training

posted Nov 21, 2018, 9:06 AM by Timothy Kelly

Grievance  Training

What’s the difference between a grievance and a gripe? How do you file a grievance?
What is covered in your contract? What are your rights?
All of these questions and more will be answered 400 Monday rm 111 DR High school

Sign the petition! State Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley: Commissioner Riley: Say NO to New Bedford Charter School Expansion

posted Oct 24, 2018, 4:45 AM by Timothy Kelly   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 6:52 AM ]

Two charter schools in New Bedford are seeking to grow by almost 1,300 seats. The New Bedford Public Schools are already underfunded by $40.3 million annually, and these additional seats could drain as much as $30 million from the school budget annually. Although privately operated charter schools are funded with public money, they are not required to meet the needs of every student and they can return students to the district schools for myriad reasons. In addition, the community has no oversight or control over the operation or expansion of charter schools.

Tell Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to not recommend approval of these charter school expansions in New Bedford. Sign this petition today to add your name to voices for free and open public education.

Fund Our Future Campaign

posted Sep 20, 2018, 2:48 PM by Timothy Kelly

Earn FREE Special Ed and ELL PDPs this Fall with MTA!

posted Sep 14, 2018, 9:46 AM by Timothy Kelly

This Fall: Earn PDPs with MTA

This Fall MTA is offering four FREE two-day workshops in Quincy and Westfield where you'll be able to earn PDPs towards your license renewal. We have member-designed workshops in Special Education and English Language Learners that will meet relicensure requirements in those areas.   

Quincy MTA Headquarters, October 13 and 27 (9am-4pm both days)
Creating Success with English Learner Students (15 ELL PDPs)
Fine Tuning Phonics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties (K-5) (15 SPED PDPs)

Westfield State University, October 13 and 20 (9:30am-4:30pm both days)
Teaching ELLs Using Culturally Meaningful Children's Books (15 ELL PDPs) 
Weaving SEL into Your Classroom to Make a Big Difference for Special Needs Students (15 SPED PDPs)

Registration will open on Sunday, September 16 at 3:00pm.

For descriptions and to register, please visit this link.

MTA is planning on offering more opportunities to earn PDPs in these and other subject areas during February Vacation, Saturdays in March & April, April vacation, and next Summer.


posted Jul 12, 2018, 2:48 AM by Timothy Kelly

We have 11 teachers signed up for the final push so far.    

  • Canvassing: Thursday, July 12th from 4:45-7:00PM at Palmer River Elementary School

  • Canvassing: Friday, July 13th from 4:45-7:00PM at Palmer River Elementary School

  • Canvassing: Saturday, July 14th from 9:45AM-12:00AM at Palmer River Elementary School

  • Holding Signs: Tuesday, July 17th from 7:00AM-7:00PM at all Polling Precincts

  • Poll Watch: Tuesday, July 17th at all Polling Precincts

Sign up here ;


I’m getting the feeling teachers are thinking the beautiful campaign the Save Our Schools people are running have got this in the bag……. I fear some of our allies who live in Rehoboth will feel the same way and not go out and vote on July 17th.   We have over 80 people whose job rest on this. The future of the schools and the town of Rehoboth are on the line. This 2.1 million dollar hit will destroy our district for many years to come.


I get that this isn’t everyone's bag …. But we need to look people in the eyes and ask them to vote …  Canvassing isn’t something I’m comfortable with… but we will walk in groups … solidarity is everything.

After the big final strategy meeting Tuesday … I went with Jessica Silvia who was trained by the MTA on how to canvass.  This morning I met her and Canvassed with her again for 2 ½ hours. Then I took my own list and spent the next 3 1/2 hours canvassing alone.   This canvassing was only going to teachers who live in Rehoboth (from our district and others) and asking them to vote yes on July 17th.  I did 15 teacher doors on my own …. It was actually nice … Asking people who for the most part were already  on our side to please vote … and great conversations about teaching ( and meeting a couple of really cute pets).   The point here is if we had 20 people in pairs it would have been 150 teachers reached …. That can change an election.     

The canvasing we are doing isn’t as easy as the ones Jessica and I did that past 2 days.   But it isn’t hard…..IT WILL BE TARGETED .. we will be visiting people in town that generally support us.  It is targeted. But it is time to get the vote out!!!!

We can’t rely on others to fight this part of the fight… we need soldiers on the ground we need numbers!!!!  This is it!!! I saw something in people I talked to today… they liked being asked and figured if I was willing to drive around Rehoboth all day they could go to the polls on July 17th or town hall to do an absentee ballot.  Some went from ….ya I support it but…. To yes I will vote yes!!


Fact sheet


Please go to this link and sign up!!!

Sign up here ;


Consider making this your temporary facebook profile ….

Press release from Dr Azar:

Why an Override?

As many of you know, on July 17, 2018 the Town of Rehoboth will be having a special election to override Proposition 2 1/2.  My hope, through this communication, is to provide you with important information to guide you through a deeper understanding of why an override is necessary. A successful override accomplishes two goals: 1) It immediately puts teachers, secretaries, para professionals, custodians, School Resource Officer, nu rse, lunch monitors, sports, activities and administrators back into our schools. (105 staff received notifications of layoffs), and 2) It fully funds the school district budget and the Town of Rehoboth's municipal budget.   

The funding problem we see today has its origins that date back approximately five years ago before I became your superintendent. At that time, t he school committee engaged outside services of a consultant group to review the financials (Chapter 70 Funding) of the district. During the review, the consultant found that the school assessments to the towns had the Town of Dighton incorrectly paying an additional $1.7 million dollars . The Town of Rehoboth, according to the consultants, instead, should have been paying the $1.7M.    D uring the 2014 Rehoboth Town Meeting, though several parliamentarian maneuverings , $1.7 million dollars was moved from the municipal budget and was added to the school district budget. Thus, when I became your superintendent in 2014-2015, my administration was allotted a school budget with the $1.7 million dollars in tact. In 2014 the Town of Rehoboth sought an override in order to cover their shortfall, but it failed by 303 votes, whereby causing layoffs and reductions in town services in the Town of Rehoboth .

Unfortunately, the following fiscal year 2016 we knew that the $1.7 million dollars previously added to the school budget would not be available as a revenue stream.  With this in mind, the Town of Rehoboth and the DRRSD made a conscientious decision to stay within their allotted budget and through cost reductions, restructuring our secretaries at the school level, adding free cash at the municipal level and E & D monies (free cash) at the school district level, we were able to balance the budget. The next fiscal year 2017 the school district worked collaboratively with the Town of Rehoboth to reduce our budget by approximately $1.3 million dollars.  However, this time we reduced our staff by 28.5 positions while using our E & D monies (free cash) and the Town of Rehoboth doing the same for fiscal year 2018. Once again, we were able to balance our budget going into the Rehoboth Town Meeting while working with our Rehoboth Municipality as partners.

As fiscal year 2019 approached we tried to reduce our budget through efficiencies and using $1.25 million of E & D monies, but we were no longer able to achieve a sustainable budget number and finally determined that we needed to stop 'kicking the can down the road'.  Once again, we were stymied by the elusive shortfall of $1.2- 1.7 million dollars that comes up each year since 2014 as it was determined that Dighton was no longer responsible for those payments. To make matters worse for the school district for fiscal year 2019, the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectman in Rehoboth unilaterally moved a municipal deficit of $900,000 into the school district line budget triggering a whopping $2.1 million dollar override.  

Nevertheless, the current proposed override, will restore the DRRSD budget $1.2 million and the Town of Rehoboth's budget $900,000 to be fully funded for years to come.  As I have stated, I do not anticipate this being a recurrent pattern of needing a proposition override each year. We have never had one in the rich history of the school district, why would folks think that we now need one every year.

It is my sincere hope that this correspondence has given you sufficient information with an overview of the reasons why a proposition 2 1/2 override is crucial for both the Town of Rehoboth and the Rehoboth School District.  Please consider a "yes" vote on July 17, 2018, which will "fix the funding" and "save our schools" and "our town".

In the event that you plan on being away on July 17th, please consider an absentee ballot and click here to find out more about the override ballot questions and how to obtain an absentee ballot: https://www.town.rehoboth.ma.us/home/urgent-alerts/upcoming-2-12-override-election-7-17-18-700-am-800-pm-all-3-precincts-open


Anthony C. Azar, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District



posted Jul 11, 2018, 10:34 AM by Timothy Kelly

Please complete the short form below so a member of our team can call you and give you a directive. We have multiple ways to help in the next few days leading up to the vote which include the following:

  • Canvassing: Thursday, July 12th from 4:45-7:00PM at Palmer River Elementary School
  • Canvassing: Friday, July 13th from 4:45-7:00PM at Palmer River Elementary School
  • Canvassing: Saturday, July 14th from 9:45AM-12:00AM at Palmer River Elementary School
  • Holding Signs: Tuesday, July 17th from 7:00AM-7:00PM at all Polling Precincts
  • Poll Watch: Tuesday, July 17th at all Polling Precincts 


posted Jul 10, 2018, 1:33 PM by Timothy Kelly


posted Jun 12, 2018, 9:04 AM by Timothy Kelly

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