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The new proposed budget was the product of “a bit of an all-nighter in the Finance Department,” Select Board Chair Jill Hai said on Monday. “I know this was a particularly challenging year to pull this all together, so we really do appreciate all of the effort.” (Sophie Culpepper / LexObserver)

Hello, Lexington!

Good morning and welcome to this week’s LexObserver news roundup.

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In case you’re a new subscriber or missed the past couple editions, this is our Friday news roundup, where you can expect 1-3 stories per week, as well as the latest community announcements and letters to the editor when we have submissions.

On that note, here’s this week’s news.

In this issue:

With “provocative” memo exploring committee changes, Town Manager sparks petition, flood of community backlash

Approximately 80 community members attended Monday evening Select Board meeting via Zoom for memo discussion, while more than 600 signed a petition that opposed transferring some committees’ appointing authority to the Town Manager and considering certain committee dissolutions

Select Board meetings regularly require the Town’s five-person volunteer leadership body to tackle multiple big-ticket items in a single evening. But it’s less common for a large audience to attend these hours-long meetings.

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This week’s School Committee recap: Sustainable Lexington representation added to LHS School Building Committee, Community Input Team for Inclusion presents final report

LHS seniors Grace Ou and Aditi Swamy join School Committee as student representatives

During Tuesday’s meeting, the School Committee unanimously approved including the chair/member of Sustainable Lexington on the LHS School Building Committee as a voting member in accordance with Superintendent Julie Hackett’s recommendation.

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Nicco Mele, Sophie Culpepper, Erin Sandler-Rathe and the LexObserver Team

Edited by Sharon McGowan

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