Malden Vol. 20, No. 23 CONGRATULATIONS MHS CLASS OF 2019 SEE PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS ON PAGES 12-14 ADVOCATE -FREE- www.advocatenews.net Published Every Friday 617-387-2200 Friday, June 7, 2019 Finance Committee reviews school budget proposal M By Barbara Taormina embers of the Finance Committee met with school officials this week to review this year’s proposed $74.2 million school department budget. Superintendent John Oteri and School Finance Director Toni Mertz discussed the highlights of this year’s budget, which is a $2.2 million, or three percent, increase over last year’s spending. “This year’s budget shows an investment in our future,” said Oteri, who focused on the new teachers the district plans to hire to help keep class sizes at a manageable level. This year, several science classes at Malden High were packed with more than 30 students in a class. The budget proposal adds two science teachers and one math teacher to the high school faculty. The district also plans to hire a middle school health teacher and an additional middle school teacher for Ferryway School. The Sheltered English Immersion program at Salemwood School will be expanded with three additional teachers. The district also plans to hire two new firstgrade teachers for Beebe School and for the Integrated first grade at Ferryway. The proposed budget will also add an assistant principal to the administrative FINANCE | SEE PAGE 18 Malden Overcoming Addiction awarded $100,000 Nonprofit receives Cummings Foundation grant M alden Overcoming Addiction (MOA) is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Malden-based organization was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process. MOA seeks to connect the community with addiction support and recovery services, remove the stigma of addiction and fight to eliminate overdose fatalities. Representing MOA, President Paul Hammersley and Treasurer Dom DiSario joined approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $260 million to Greater Boston nonprofits. “We are grateful, thrilled and humbled to be included as one of the $100K for 100 recipients. We will be sure to keep fighting the ramifications of the fatal disease of addiction. #TOGETHERWECAN … The monies received from the grant will help fund our Recovery Coach Program.” The $100K for 100 programs supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk Counties. Through this placebased initiative, Cummings staff at Salemwood and a director of guidance. Finance Committee members asked if Malden would need to consider building a new school over the next several years. Oteri did not think a new building is an immediate need, although Malden Overcoming Addiction President Paul Hammersley is shown holding a banner celebrating the Cummings Foundation grant for $100,000 for the worthy nonprofit that help people with addiction. Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns comMalden High School graduates 436 during commencement ceremonies at Macdonald Stadium mercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation. “By having such a local focus, we aim to make a meaningful positive difference in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work,” said Cummings Foundation Executive Director Joel Swets. “We are most grateful for the nonprofit organizations that assist and empower our neighADDICTION | SEE PAGE 2 $3.39 $2.55 GALLON GALLON We accept: MasterCard * Visa * & Discover Price Subject to Change without notice 100 Gal. Min. 24 Hr. Service 781-286-2602 Shown, from left to right, are Malden High School graduates Sebastian Romani, Salma Bezzat, Olivia Forestier, Cristobal Marey Seguel and Susan De Leon Pais during the school’s commencement exercises on June 2 at Macdonald Stadium.

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