Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.
Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.
It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.
1. EDUCATION (adopted June 2006)
The Education goal of the Plymouth Area League of Women Voters is to advocate for a school system that will effectively educate all students to meet high academic standards and prepare them to become responsible citizens in the 21st century.
A. Facilities: To support this goal, the League of Women Voters recognizes that school facilities must not only accommodate, but enhance learning by providing a safe and healthy environment that is both flexible and adaptable. Facilities should, by design be adjustable for service as centers for the entire community. Serious consideration must be given to a plan that prepares all students for the technological changes that have taken place along with those yet to come. Therefore, the Plymouth Area League of Women Voters supports a school building program that will remedy sub-standard facilities and eliminate overcrowded conditions. A strategic plan is needed to provide a safe and healthy environment that is conducive to learning. In addition, a comprehensive approach to maintenance of both new and old facilities should be established and practiced in earnest. Studies have revealed that factors such as class size, school size, natural light, acoustics and indoor air quality can dramatically affect learning ability. Therefore, a resolution on school facility needs is required to ensure quality education for all students who attend Plymouth area schools. The League will continue to monitor and take necessary action on the resolution of space needs and proposed building programs in all Plymouth area schools. The League supports quality academic and vocational education in facilities that at a minimum meet accepted standards, and at best promote, inspire and encourage in all students, a desire for knowledge that propels them to search for more. The League supports the operation of multiple high schools in Plymouth.
B. Health and Family Living Curriculum-Support a quality health and family living curriculum in the Plymouth Area Schools.
A. Continue to support a crisis telephone and center for battered spouses, battered children and rape victims.
B. To promote public education and awareness that supports an integrated response to domestic violence; supports and acknowledges the expertise of local battered women's shelters; and strives to create a Commonwealth where family violence will not be tolerated.
5. HAZARDOUS WASTE
1. Support a preliminary assessment.
2. Support testing and monitoring of private groundwater wells where there is significant evidence of contamination.
3. Recognize the need for hazardous waste emergency equipment to deal with fire or a spill and support funding such equipment.
4. Support local supervision and monitoring of Plymouth area's businesses generating, transporting, storing and disposing of hazardous wastes and support effective security programs.
5. Encourage citizens to participate in the reporting of suspected illegal dumping and/or transportation of hazardous wastes.
6. Support development of environmentally sound waste disposal sites in the state of MA.
A.Continue to monitor, identify and locate in the Plymouth area the possible existence of hazardous waste materials, including nuclear, and their methods of disposal.
6. AQUIFER PROTECTION
Promote increased source reduction and recycling and decreased reliance on land filling and incineration.
The Plymouth Area LWV endorses the active coordination of the following Plyhmouth Committees and Boards to achieve Attainable Housing for Plymouth: Affordable Housing Committee (established by Selectmen 9/1/03), Board of Selectmen, Community Housing Inc., Community Preservation Committee, Housing Authority, Planning Board and Redevelopment Authority.
The LWV of Plymouth Area encourages the use of the following strategies to maximize affordable housing opportunities:
Zoning Options: Inclusionary zoning, mixed use zoning districts, accessory dwelling units, Incentive
zoning, Overlay Zoning, Development on substandard lots
C.Preserving existing affordable housing
D.Building on town and school owned land
E.Preserving existing affordable housing should be a priority