Sarah Morrison in her LexHAB office
Sarah Morrison, executive director of the Lexington Housing Assistance Board (LexHAB), supports the Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) pro-housing movement. (Sophie Culpepper / LexObserver)

Hello, Lexington!

Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s Friday news roundup!

Halloween is just three days away, and Lexington’s Vlad Selsky, nominated by Elizabeth Rozan, stole the show with his decorations. We’ll post a full selection to our social media on Monday, but here’s a sneak peak:

Courtesy of Vlad Selsky

Also, heads up that next week, we’re going to launch our next fundraising campaign. But, this campaign is going to be a special opportunity for us to grow, because for the first time we’re participating in NewsMatch, which is exactly what it sounds like: A matching campaign for local news that could double whatever you’re able to give (!!)…

More about that next week! In the meantime, have a festive weekend, and here’s this week’s news.

In this issue:

At next week’s Special Town Meeting, members will discuss, vote on two important measures for increasing affordable housing in Lexington

Article 12 would establish an Affordable Housing Trust; Article 14 would transform the Lexington Housing Assistance Board (LexHAB) from a quasi-municipal organization to an independent nonprofit

Two articles, if passed, could improve and expand Lexington’s tools to address the affordable housing crisis squeezing individuals and families on the local, state and national levels.

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This week’s School Committee roundup: Educators draw attention to overwhelming workload, student caseloads

The School Committee voted unanimously to approve and implement a new pandemic Memorandum of Agreement, which does not include an extension of paid COVID leave for educators

About a dozen teachers described regularly staying at school late into the evening, struggling to find the hours in the day to complete the work asked of them and sacrificing time with their families for their jobs in emotional public comments during Tuesday’s School Committee meeting.

Keep reading

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

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