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About the Lexington League

Read here about the LWV of Lexington's Local Program, Local Study and Action Priorities.

DEFINITION OF LOCAL PROGRAM

Local program consists of:

  • Such current local governmental issues as the membership shall choose for concerted study and action; and
  • Those positions on local governmental issues to which the League of Women Voters of Lexington has given sustained attention and on which it may continue to act.

POSITIONS

1. FISCAL POLICY
  • Support the use of overrides of Proposition 2 1/2 or debt exclusion as appropriate responses to increasing costs of town government and public education (1988).
  • Promote measures to improve Lexington's long-range financial planning (1978).
  • Support disclosure of financial position of Enterprise Funds (1997).

2. NATURAL RESOURCES.

2.1 Air

  • Support efforts to identify those factors within Lexington which impact air quality, including acid rain (1980).

2.2 Conservation / Land Use (Environment)
  • Promote alternatives to pesticides (i.e., Integrated Pest Management) (1980).
  • Promote the development of a pesticide policy by the town which would initially address town use, including both land and buildings (i.e. schools) (1990).
  • Promote public education and dissemination of information about pesticides and their alternatives (1990).
  • Promote land use planning for the entire town (1982).
  • Support measures to designate, preserve and protect wetland areas and brooks (1972).

2.3 Energy
  • Support conservation of energy in the community (1980).

2.4 Waste
  • Support a household hazardous waste collection at least once a year as a municipal service to residents, in cooperation with the town (1983).
  • Promote citizen education about the safe disposal of household hazardous waste (1982).
  • Continue to promote recycling (1980).

2.5 Water
  • Support water conservation in Lexington (1980).

3. RECREATION
  • Support measures to implement a long range recreational program consistent with the needs of Lexington (1980).

4. REGIONAL PLANNING
  • Oppose extension of Hanscom Field into a major airport (1988).
  • Support maintenance of 1973 level of general aviation activity at Hanscom Field (1988).
  • Support Lexington's participation in the solution of problems associated with Hanscom Field (1978).

5. SOCIAL POLICY

5.1 Day Care

  • Support the extended day care program in the Lexington Public Schools (1984).
  • Support appropriate zoning regulations which do not unduly restrict family day care centers in Lexington (1984).

5.2 Education
  • Support the implementation of all Chapter 766 programs in which Lexington students are involved, particularly through improved communication among parents, teachers, and students (1980).
  • Monitor Lexington's participation in the Minuteman Regional High School (1980, 2000).
  • Support the implementation of Chapter 622 in the Lexington schools (1978).
  • Support heterogeneous grouping at Lexington High School in some subjects in some grades. Any further implementation of heterogeneous grouping would be supported only if adequate funding were available to maintain small class size, to develop appropriate curricula, to purchase appropriate instructional materials and assessment tools, to provide professional staff development, and to educate the community about the practices employed (1994).
  • Promote high standards of education through support of:

    - Programs in human development and human relations, including a program in sex education appropriate to all age levels (1973).

    - Programs to meet equally the educational needs of all children residing in Lexington or attending Lexington Public Schools (1970).

    - Educational, organizational and operational policies of the Lexington Public Schools that are consistent with League goals and positions (1969).

5.3 Elderly
  • Support the Council on Aging as the central coordinating body for elderly services in Lexington (1978).

5.4 Housing
  • Support efforts to provide housing in Lexington for an economically diverse population through:

    - Promotion of affordable housing

    - Development of Low/moderate income housing through use of tax title lots and zoning changes consistent with sound planning

    - Planning for heterogeneous residential development

    - Participation of the Lexington Housing Authority in state and federal programs (1969, 1982)

    - Support local measures designed to meet metropolitan housing needs (1969).

5.5 Human Services
  • Continue to support delivery of and education about human services in Lexington (1982).
  • Support efforts toward strengthening and coordinating human services in Lexington (1976).

5.6 Library
  • Support the high standard of our current library and the need for equal access for all populations.
  • Support current library policies (e.g. access for all populations, diversity of resources and retention of state accreditation.)
  • Support reciprocal borrowing while seeking equitable reimbursement for services provided to non-residents.
  • Support funding for library that is adequate to maintain current high level of services.
  • Support cost effective alternative revenue sources that do not jeopardize free acess to "basic" library services (1992).

5.7 Urban Responsibility
  • Support the responsibility of Lexington to share in the solution of problems within the core city (1968).

5.8 Youth
  • Support programs to meet the needs of youth in Lexington; support interaction among the courts, policy and youth agencies (1976).

6. TOWN GOVERNMENT

  • Support the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law (1983).
  • Support cooperation and effective functioning of town committees and boards through their mandates, responsibilities and relationships with each other (1980).
  • Support adequate and timely public announcement of appointments to be made to town boards and positions (1975).
  • Oppose dual office holding on major boards (1975).

7. TRAFFIC SAFETY AT SCHOOL SITES

  • Support implementation of improvements in school crossings (1986).
  • Support implementation of improvements in bus safety (1986).
  • Support traffic safety education programs for students and adults (1986).

8. DIVERSITY

The League of Women Voters of Lexington affirms its commitment to reflect the diversity in our community.

The League acknowledges that pluralism and diverse perspectives are necessary for responsible and representative decision-making, as well as fundamental to the values the League upholds.

In both its principles and practices, the League of Women Voters will promote inclusion: there shall be no barrier based on race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age in leadership, staffing, membership, or participation in any League-sponsored activity. (1998)

2010-2011 Local Study

In anticipation of Lexington's 300th anniversary in 2013, a group of interested citizens from the League of Women Voters, the Bicentennial and Celebrations Committees, the Lexington Historical Society and the Lexington Public Schools have met throughout the year to collaborate in planning what would be an authentic celebration for students. In March, a small group outlined a pilot program for the 2010 - 2011 school year by writing a Lexington Education Foundation grant that will assist the schools in preparing students to celebrate the town's rich history. The vision is to enrich classrooms by providing teachers with an array of resources, via a website, that will demonstrate the growth of our town from an agrarian, small village that was part of the British Colonies to a vibrant, progressive and independent thinking American town.

2010-2011 ACTION PRIORITIES

Assess the need for a community center/senior center to serve Lexington children, families, seniors:
- Create and develop a coalition of stakeholder groups to work together on this assessment
- Create programming for the community to share the results of this assessment