New Year's Resolutions From Auburn Officials

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Champagne was flowing as residents rang in the New Year. Auburn officials have several resolutions for 2013.
Champagne was flowing as residents rang in the New Year. Auburn officials have several resolutions for 2013. Photo Credit: Flickr/TinyTail

AUBURN, Mass. – With the New Year upon us, residents will look to exercise more, eat healthy and help others. Auburn town officials also have resolutions for 2013.

The following are Town Manager Julie Jacobson’s resolutions:  

  • Continue to work with the Board of Selectmen to implement policies.
  • Invest in our road and transportation network.
  • Focus on stimulating economic development.
  • Identify and secure grants.
  • Continue to develop and implement sound fiscal policies and financial management.
  • Identify cost-saving initiatives and provide quality services and programs for residents of all ages.
  • Continue to work with the school department on a number of initiatives, including the proposed middle school.
  • Continue to work closely with our legislative delegation, both our state and federal representatives.
  • Continue emergency management planning to ensure the safety of our residents and businesses.

Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle has several performance goals for the year:

School Visits – “I will manage my time more effectively in order to increase the frequency and quality of school visits to at least two one-hour visits per month, per school, on average, for the purpose of maintaining my focus on teaching and learning and supporting principals as the instructional leaders of their buildings/staff.”

Advanced Placement Tests – “By June 2013, the percentage of students taking Advanced Placement tests will grow by at least 5 percent, and the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement tests will increase by 10 percent, with the 2011-12 scores serving as a baseline.”

New Auburn Middle School – “By May 2013, make every effort to have a master plan developed for the Auburn Public Schools buildings, as well as approval from the town of Auburn to construct a new Auburn Middle School.”

STEM-Based Opportunities – “By June 2013, implement (or have in place plans to implement in the 2013-14 school year) at least one additional STEM-based opportunity at each school level of the Auburn Public Schools.” STEM programs are for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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No, it doesn't mean that; it just means that they're not very imaginative (or motivated) when it comes to New Year's resolutions.....Admit it, it's hard to come up with a positive spin resolution that essentially says 'You are going to be getting more of the same-old, same-old........

So essentially, they are going to do what they should be doing anyway since that's their job description? Does this mean they haven't been doing their job correctly up to this point?