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  • Masconomet Regional School District Vision 2025

    Our Vision for the Year 2025 and Our Values 

     Our Vision

    Student learning is highly interdisciplinary and students are connecting learning to the real world and real-world problem solving. Curriculum and instruction is focused on this value; students are making connections between subjects because they are experiencing them as unified or related concepts, and

    Strong adult-student relationships are a hallmark at Masconomet. Teachers and others seek to understand each student as an individual with a unique background, life situation, and unique strengths and interests. They strive to recognize each student’s desire to find their place in the school and larger community, and

    All classrooms and curricula are learner-centered. All students are achieving the same standards in multiple ways based upon their learning styles, strengths, interests, and unique needs; they are learning in multiple ways and can demonstrate their learning through a variety of different assessments, and

    Instruction happens in many forms depending upon the teachers’ objectives and the nature of learners in the classroom. A variety of authentic learning strategies is common throughout the curriculum and across subject areas. Students and teachers experiment with teaching and learning strategies without fear of failing, and

    Our graduates are culturally sensitive, aware of global interdependency, and act confidently with understanding of their impact on the world. Intellectual and experiential learning takes place through a diverse curriculum, as well as school, community, and global experiences that stretch their cultural comfort zones.

    Our Values and Beliefs

    We believe that teaching and learning must be highly interdisciplinary, rigorous, and appropriately challenging for our students. They should grasp the relevance of subject matter to their present and future lives, to foster an understanding that solving real-world problems requires knowledge, skills, collaboration, and persistence, and

    We believe that when students feel physically safe, emotionally secure, and happy, they are in the best position to benefit from opportunities for intellectual growth and learning, development of character, self-discovery, and to find their unique place in the community, and

    We believe that when teaching and learning is personalized to the extent that it honors each individual’s unique needs, strengths, interests, and learning styles, that EACH student will have opportunities to achieve his/her potential. We value the education of the Whole Child, developing “initiative, integrity, imagination, an inquiring mind, self-knowledge, interpersonal skills, and the ability to feel and recognize each individual’s truth”, and (paraphrased from the Whole Child http://www.educatethewholechild.org/what-is-it/)

    We believe that students are naturally motivated and curious learners and that their education should develop these attributes. Their school experience needs to foster initiative, independence, resiliency, grit, skills of teamwork and collaboration, and self-discovery. Educators value students taking risks and see the value of failing as part of the learning process, and

    We believe that the success of our graduates is dependent upon their ability to embrace and thoughtfully act within our world that is racially, culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse.

                                                 Emerging Draft 2017
     

    Strategic Propositions

     

    Costs

     

    Pathways

    Professional Development

    Project-based Learning

    Human Resources

    Interdisciplinary Structures

    Schedule Changes

    E-Portfolios

    Textbooks

    Universal Design

    Durables

    Teacher Collaboration

    Transportation

    Formative Assessment

    Equipment

    Other Culture Experience

    Building Alterations   

    More Diverse Staff and Students

     

    Mindfulness

     

    Emotional Wellness

     

    Stress Management

     

    Physical Wellness

     

    Homework Regulation

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 2/14/18

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 2/15/2018

     

    subject:    SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – february 14, 2018

    date:           february 9, 2017

    1. Fee Waiver Request from Masconomet Baseball Boosters (February Clinics)

    Masconomet Baseball Boosters has filed a fee waiver request for a baseball clinic in February. Please see your meeting materials for details.

    1. Budget Overview

    I will present an overview of the FY19 Superintendent’s proposed budget largely paralleling the introductory message to the Budget Book that was distributed to School Committee members on February 9th. There will be a slide deck in your meeting materials before the meeting.

    1. School Committee Discussion of Later Start Time Proposal

    This is an opportunity for the School Committee to discuss the school transportation consultant presentation and the Joint Meeting of school committees that took place on January 25th.

    1. Superintendent’s Report

    Nancy Mirra Retiring in June — I was saddened to learn this week that Nancy Mirra, Foreign Language Department Head, will retire at the end of this school year. Mrs. Mirra joined Masconomet 18 years ago as a French and Spanish teacher. She became the Masco Foreign Language Department Head in 2004 and has been an exemplary leader in this role and as our English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinator. I will personally miss Nancy’s enthusiasm for her subject area and for her passion for global education. She is a valued member of the Advisory Council and will be sorely missed by her department members, the administration, and the Masco faculty and staff.

    High School Principal Search — The first meeting of the Principal Search Committee was postponed from Wednesday, February 7th to Monday February 12th because of the storm. Susan Givens will provide a brief update on Monday’s meeting agenda and outcomes.

     

    December 2017 District Personnel Changes

    New Hires

    Ziel, Nancy                             HS       LTS - Special Education (Elaine Oliver) Dec. 11 -

    Lawrence, Christopher            HS       Special Education Paraprofessional - 12/12/17

    MacDonald, Kim                                Administrative Assistant - Student Services 1-29-18

    Collins, Brian                          HS       Special Education 2-5-18

    Whittredge, Thomas                            Temporary MPFT - Sub 2/7/18

     

    Resignations

    Gigandet, Heidi                      HS       Special Education Support Staff - 1/19/18

    Esposito, Carol                        HS       Special Education Teacher 1/19/18

     

     

    1. Reports of the Subcommittees
      1. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
      2. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
      3. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
      4. Turf Up Masco – T. Cooper
      5. Facility Use and Student Support Organizations Task Force - T. Cooper
      6. District Capital Investment Task Force – H. Rivers

     

    1. Consent Agenda
    2. Approval of January 31, 2018 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    3. Approval for Student Participation at Overnight MA Music Educators Convention/All State Chorus Festival/March 2018
    4. Accept Parent Donation of $1250 (Ck.#422) to be Used for a Dinner for the Spanish Exchange Students, the Huesca Exchange Students and the Two Chaperones During the Spanish Exchange Trip February 2018.
    5. Warrants $1,618,463.53 (9) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting

     

    1. Other business, old or new

     

    1. Adjournment

     

     

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda.

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  • Budget Message To Families and Staff 2-15-18

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 2/15/2018

    Dear Masconomet Families, Staff, and Community Members,

     

    I want to first acknowledge the horrible events of yesterday’s school shooting in Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Our schools have been proactive today in speaking with students, reminding them of our training, and offering support. Our principals will be messaging families in each school today.

    At last night’s School Committee meeting, I presented the FY19 Masconomet School Budget that I have proposed to the School Committee for approval. This overview highlighted the fact that this is an extremely responsible budget that allows us to continue the delivery of an outstanding education to our students. The increase over the FY18 approved budget is 4.9% which includes fixed costs, reductions in force, and several strategic increases.

    I also highlighted the fact that only because of the quality staff we have at Masco can we produce the results and student outcomes that we do while bringing in budgets that are very lean.

    This year’s proposal is a higher rate of increase due to the sharply increasing needs of our students, particularly in the areas of health, mental health, and social-emotional well-being. These are key areas addressed n Masco Vision 2025.

    I have recommended a reduction of 2.5 teaching staff positions, primarily at the high school, due to a decline in our student population. These proposed reductions are detailed in the Executive Summary of the proposal.

    I have also recommended several increases to staff in critical need areas. These are also elaborated in the Executive Summary.  Other increases represent other organizational needs described in the proposed budget. Masconomet will continue to offer an outstanding education for all students. This budget addresses needs that must be met to make the previous statement a confident one looking to the years ahead.

    Please review the Executive Summary and the proposed budget book to look more deeply into the FY19 proposed budget. There is additional information on the District’s Finance and Budget page.

     

    FY19 Proposed Budget Book

     

    Finance and Budget Page on Masco Website

    The Masconomet School Committee will hold a Public Hearing on the FY19 proposed school budget on February 26th. The Committee will continue deliberations at subsequent meeting that will be posted to the Masco web site in advance. Definite meetings are scheduled for March 7th and March 14th. with a meeting on March 12th, if needed. All meetings will be posted and publicized. You are encouraged to participate at any or all of these meetings.

    Thank you for your continued support. Please follow the budget process from this proposal to the School Committee, to the final budget approved by the School Committee, and through Town Meetings.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Kevin M. Lyons

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Message About Cell Phone Misuse

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 2/12/2018

    February 12, 2018

     

    Dear Masconomet Families,

     

    Social media provides a lot of communication benefits, but it also continues to provide its challenges to schools and also to society at large in many ways.

     

    This message is not about all of the ways that technology and social media can be misused but it is rather focused on a single challenge that we face too often at Masconomet.

     

    That challenge is students who use their cell phones to take photos or make videos of others without their permission and sometimes without their knowledge. We have had a number of infractions leading to disciplinary action. Of particular concern are photos or videos of teachers that sometimes even make their way to social media. While this is unfair to any individual, it is particularly disruptive to teaching when a teacher should be able to assume a reasonable amount of privacy in the classroom.  Students doing unfavorable image posting of other students is also disruptive to the learning environment.

     

    Please remind your students that taking unwelcomed photos or videos in school is a violation of the code of student conduct and it will result in serious consequences, including, but not limited to, the loss of the privilege to bring a cell phone to school.  There may also be serious legal consequences under Massachusetts law.

     

    I will be asking school administrators and teachers to remind students about use of cell phones this week, in order to prevent abuses and to be certain that all are aware of the potentially serious consequences.

     

    Please help us by having this discussion at home.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Kevin M. Lyons
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Announcing Search for High School Principal

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 2/2/2018
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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 1/31/18

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 2/1/2018

     

    subject:    SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – january 31, 2018

    date:           january 26, 2017

    1. Financial Report

    Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Susan Givens will present a multi-part financial report including the first draft of a Thumbnail. Please see your meeting materials for Susan’s memorandum and financial documents.

    1. Capital Budget Report

    Hagan Rivers and Susan Givens will make a report about the Capital Budget development process and activities and prioritization work to this point in time. Please see document in your meeting materials.

    1. Blizzard Bags and Remote Learning

    I will make a presentation on a tentative plan to implement a Blizzard Bag pilot in the coming weeks. I will seek the authority from the School Committee (see DESE Advisory) to implement a blizzard bag pilot for one or two snow days this school year. I would not exercise a second day if anecdotal reports from the first are not positive. I will not announce and initiate the pilot until I believe the District is fully prepared to execute well. I may not reach that level of confidence this year, but it is possible that I could reach that confidence level in the coming weeks.

    I will be sharing a slide deck with you explaining some general concepts about the concept, our tentative plan, and our evaluative criteria to judge the program effectiveness and efficacy of implementing a plan in advance of the next school year. I’ll be working on the slides over the weekend. The very recent DESE advisory in in your meeting materials.

    1. Superintendent’s Report

    John and Abagail Adams Scholarship Awards — The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. The scholarship must be used within six years of a student's high school graduation. In order to be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, Massachusetts public high school students in the class of 2015 or earlier must-have scores of Advanced and Proficient on grade 10 MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (at least one score must be Advancedand

    • have combined scores on MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

    Beginning with the class of 2016, in order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must

    • score at the Advancedperformance level on one of the three high school state assessment tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and
    • score at the Proficientlevel or higher on the remaining two high school state assessment tests; and
    • have combined scores from the three tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

    This year’s Masco senior awardees are: Anthony Armitage, Thomas Baker, Julie Gallagher, Lucas Gharabegian, Aidan Greenslade, Taylor Hussey, Isabella Jarosiewicz, Nicholas Kartsounis, Zachary Lang, and Timothy Puglisi.

    1. Reports of the Subcommittees
    2. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    3. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
    4. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    5. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
    6. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    7. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
    8. Policy CHCA, Approval of Handbooks and Directories, Revision, 2nd Reading
    9. Policy CHD, Policy Absence Revision, 2nd Reading
    10. Policy CM, Annual Report, Revision, 2nd Reading
    11. Policy CEA, School Councils, Rescission, 2nd Reading
    12. Policy CHB, School Committee Review of Regulations, Rescission, 2nd Reading
    13. Policy BDFA-E1, School Improvement Plan, Rescission, 2nd Reading
      1. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
      2. Turf Up Masco – T. Cooper
      3. Facility Use and Student Support Organizations Task Force - T. Cooper
      4. District Capital Investment Task Force – H. Rivers

     

    1. Consent Agenda
    2. Approval of January 22, 2018 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    3. Approval for DECA Overnight Participation in State Competition in March 2018
    4. Accept Class of 2017 Gift of $1500 (Ck. # 005612) for the Music Department
    5. Accept $300 (Ck. # 1160) Masconomet Education Foundation Teacher Grant to be used by High School Library
    6. Warrants $1,631,150.75 (8) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting
    7. Approve Executive Session Minutes

    A draft of the School Committee Executive Session of December 13, 2017 will be distributed at the meeting for Committee action.

     

    1. Other business, old or new

     

    1. Adjournment

     

     

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda

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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 1/17/18

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 1/18/2018

     

    subject:    SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – january 17, 2018

    date:           january 12, 2017

    1. Financial Report

    Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Susan Givens will present a multi-part financial report including the first draft of a Thumbnail. Please see your meeting materials for Susan’s memorandum and financial documents.

    1. Capital Budget Report

    Hagan Rivers and Susan Givens will make a report about the Capital Budget development process and activities and prioritization work to this point in time. Please see document in your meeting materials.

    1. Blizzard Bags and Remote Learning

    I will make a presentation on a tentative plan to implement a Blizzard Bag pilot in the coming weeks. I will seek the authority from the School Committee (see DESE Advisory) to implement a blizzard bag pilot for one or two snow days this school year. I would not exercise a second day if anecdotal reports from the first are not positive. I will not announce and initiate the pilot until I believe the District is fully prepared to execute well. I may not reach that level of confidence this year, but it is possible that I could reach that confidence level in the coming weeks.

    I will be sharing a slide deck with you explaining some general concepts about the concept, our tentative plan, and our evaluative criteria to judge the program effectiveness and efficacy of implementing a plan in advance of the next school year. I’ll be working on the slides over the weekend. The very recent DESE advisory in in your meeting materials.

    1. Superintendent’s Report

    John and Abagail Adams Scholarship Awards — The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. The scholarship covers tuition only; fees and room and board are not included. The scholarship must be used within six years of a student's high school graduation. In order to be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, Massachusetts public high school students in the class of 2015 or earlier must-have scores of Advanced and Proficient on grade 10 MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (at least one score must be Advancedand

    • have combined scores on MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

    Beginning with the class of 2016, in order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must

    • score at the Advancedperformance level on one of the three high school state assessment tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and
    • score at the Proficientlevel or higher on the remaining two high school state assessment tests; and
    • have combined scores from the three tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

    This year’s Masco senior awardees are: Anthony Armitage, Thomas Baker, Julie Gallagher, Lucas Gharabegian, Aidan Greenslade, Taylor Hussey, Isabella Jarosiewicz, Nicholas Kartsounis, Zachary Lang, and Timothy Puglisi.

    1. Reports of the Subcommittees
    2. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    3. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
    4. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    5. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
      1. Policy BDFA, School Councils and SIP – Revision., 2nd Reading
      2. Policy BGD, School Committee Review of Regulations - Revision, 2nd Reading
      3. Policy CF, School Building Administration - Revision, 2nd Reading
      4. Policy CH, Policy Implementation - Revision, 2nd Reading
      5. Policy CC, Administrative Organization Plan - Rescission 2nd Reading
      6. Policy CHCA, Approval of Handbooks and Directories, Revision, 1st Reading
      7. Policy CHD, Policy Absence Revision, 1st Reading
      8. Policy CM, Annual Report, Revision, 1st Reading
      9. Policy CEA, School Councils, Rescission, 1st Reading
      10. Policy CHB, School Committee Review of Regulations, Rescission, 1st Reading
      11. Policy BDFA-E1, School Improvement Plan, Rescission, 1st Reading
    6. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
    7. Turf Up Masco – T. Cooper
    8. Facility Use and Student Support Organizations Task Force - T. Cooper
    9. District Capital Investment Task Force – H. Rivers

     

    1. Consent Agenda
    2. Approval of January 3, 2018 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    3. Accept $500 (Ck. # 9918) Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Donation for the Music Department
    4. Warrants $1,249,282.18 Eleven (11) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting
    5. Approve Executive Session Minutes

    A draft of the School Committee Executive Session of December 13, 2017 will be distributed at the meeting for Committee action.

     

    1. Other business, old or new

     

    1. Adjournment

     

     

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda

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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 1/3/18

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 1/4/2018

     

    1. Approval of the Superintendent’s Educator Plan

    I presented a draft of my next educator plan at the December 13, 2018 School Committee meeting. I recommended that the Committee take a couple of weeks to review it and have opportunity to ask questions, comment or suggest changes.

    Motion: To approve the Superintendent’s Educator Plan for November 2017-December 2018 as presented (and amended).

    1. Superintendent’s Report

    Transportation Consultant — School Bus Consultants (SBC), represented by project manager Mike Archer, spent time in the Tri-Towns on December 18th, 19th, and 20th. Mr. Archer spent a great deal of time with North Reading Transportation, Masco and TTU staff, and also met with representatives of the school committees. Hagan Rivers represented the Masco School Committee. SBC will be doing a deep data dive over the next couple of weeks. Mr. Archer will also be video conferencing with different staff right after the holidays.

    The Tri-Town Union School Committee (the committee with reps from each of the towns), has a meeting scheduled for January 25th. SBC is available to make a presentation on that evening and I am hoping that we can schedule a Masconomet School Committee meeting at the same time in the same place. It will be a great opportunity for a full update on the progress of the project and any tentative conclusions that may help to inform the districts’ respective budget processes.

    Budget Process and Intermediate-Term/Long-Term Administrative Staffing — The administration has made a preliminary budget proposal to the Budget Subcommittee. The Subcommittee has yet to discuss the proposal. One recommendation is the addition of a Human Resources Director. In developing this part of the proposal, the Leadership Team had to look at short-term and intermediate term administrative expected turn-over and longer term District staffing needs. I will share my current thoughts and welcome comments and discussion.

    1. Reports of the Subcommittees
    2. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    3. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
      1. Policy ADDB-R, CORI Screening for Challenge Courses (Proposed) - 2nd Reading
      2. Policy CA, Administrative Goals and Organization - 2nd Reading
      3. Policy CBD, Superintendent’s Contract - 2nd Reading
      4. Policy CBI, Evaluation of Superintendent (Proposed) - 2nd Reading
      5. Policy CCB, Lines of Authority - 2nd Reading
      6. Policy BDFA, School Councils and School Improvement Plans - 1st Reading
      7. Policy BGB, School Committee Review of Regulations - 1st Reading
      8. Policy CC, Administrative Organization Plan - 1st Reading
      9. Policy CF, School Building Administration - 1st Reading
      10.  Policy CH, Policy Implementation - 1st Reading
    4. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
    5. Turf Up Masco – T. Cooper
    6. Facility Use and Student Support Organizations Task Force - T. Cooper
    7. District Capital Investment Task Force – H. Rivers

     

    1. Consent Agenda
    2. Approval of December 13, 2017 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    3. Warrants $1,249,282.18 Eleven (11) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting

     

    1. Other business, old or new

     

    1. Adjournment

     

     

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda

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  • Masco H.S. Team Presents Best Practices to MA Superintendents

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 12/15/2017

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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 12/13/17

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 12/14/2017

    Approval of Appointment of Andrew Prazar to Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School Committee

    Appointment is made by the Town Moderator and must be approved by Topsfield members of the Masconomet School Committee. Mr. Prazar will be present. Please see your meeting materials for email from Mr. Prazar.

    Motion: To approve the appointment of Andrew Prazar to the Essex Tech School Committee effective January 1, 2018.

    Vote by Topsfield members only.

    Approval of Proposed Amendment to the Northshore Education Consortium Articles of Agreement

    Please see your meeting materials for the Agreement with proposed changes. The purpose of this proposal is to add Ipswich to the Consortium. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to bring this forward to our School Committees for approval. The Consortium is in a strong financial position and we believe that the membership of Ipswich will strengthen the Consortium. An affirmative vote of 2/3 of the member school committees is required to make the changes.

    Motion: To approve the proposed amendment to the Northshore Education Consortium as presented.

     Superintendent’s Educator Plan Draft: December 2017-November 2018

    I will be working on my Educator Plan for the next year over the weekend and will get it to you as early in the week as possible. I suggest that the Committee see and hear the proposal and have a preliminary discussion and perhaps give some immediate feedback, but table the approval to January 3, 2018 to allow members to provide additional feedback to me and opportunity for me to be responsive over the break.


    Motion: To table the approval of the December 2017 to November 2018 Superintendent’s Educator Plan to the January 3rd, 2018 regular meeting of the School Committee.

    Superintendent’s Report

    Transportation Consultant — We have signed a contract with School Bus Consultants (SBC) and have begun the work of testing the feasibility of “Option Y” with a conference call on December 7th that included the SBC Project Manager, Mike Archer, Scott Morrison, Susan Givens, Steve Greenberg, Pete Delani, and me — our Project Team. Mr. Archer will be coming to the Tri-Towns on December 18-20. Mr. Archer will hold January 25, 2018 open for travel to here should a scheduled meeting of the Tri-Town School Union Committee work as a date and time for the Masco School Committee and the 3 town school committees to hear a report and recommendations.

    Reports of Pertussis-Like Symptoms — Please see the meeting materials for my letter to families and staff about reports of whooping cough-like symptoms. I want to note that a message like this is a team effort of our School Nurses, the MA Department of Public Health epidemiologists, School Physician Dr. Mark Allara, the local Boards of Health, and a discussion between me and the parents of ill children. It is critical to get the facts accurate and the tone of the message correct in circumstances like this, and it takes a village.

    Gifts to School Employees and Conflict of Interest Law — Please see your meeting materials for a letter and advisory I sent to families and staff in regard to the MA Conflict of Interest (COI) laws and regulations. I call this my Holiday Grinch letter. It is a law that is treated very seriously by the Ethics Commission. At a time of year that people like to express gratitude to school employees, I recommend making donations to MEF or non-profit charities in the name of the employee.

    Conflict of Interest Training — Speaking of the COI law, all school employees are required to complete the bi-annual COI training with the state Ethics Commission. The District tracks compliance through Blackboard transactions. There is an email regarding this in your meeting materials. School Committee members are also required to do this bi-annual training administered by your Town. This is a good time of year to check on your compliance if you are unsure.

    Winter Holiday Break — There will be an early student dismissal (12:20 p.m.) on Friday December 22nd. Schools will reopen on January 2nd, 2018. A joyful and restful holiday season and break to all!

     

                 November 2017 District Personnel Changes

    New Hires

    Bannville, Michael      MS/HS After School Monitor 11/1/17

    Serino, Laurie              MS      Special Education Paraprofessional - 11-8-17

    Stratton, Dylan           MS      Special Education Paraprofessional - 11/15/17

    Warner, Rebecca         Dist.    Business Support Services Assistant - 11/15/17

    Maribito, Wayne         HS       Special Education Paraprofessional LTS - 11/20/17-1/29/18

     

    Resignation

    Senese, AnnMarie       HS       Special Education Support Staff - 11/17/17

     Reports of the Subcommittees

    1. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    2. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
      1. Policy ADDB-R, CORI Screening for Challenge Courses (Proposed) -
        1st Reading
      2. Policy CA, Administrative Goals and Organization - 1st Reading
      3. Policy CBD, Superintendent’s Contract - 1st Reading
      4. Policy CBI, Evaluation of Superintendent (Proposed) - 1st Reading
      5. Policy CCB, Lines of Authority - 1st Reading
    3. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
    4. Turf Up Masco – T. Cooper
    5. Facility Use and Student Support Organizations Task Force - T. Cooper
    6. Long-Term Facility Renovation Task Force – H. Rivers

     Consent Agenda

    1. Approval of November 29, 2017 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    2. Accept $500 (Ck. #5353) from Salem Five to be Used for the
      Senior Holiday Concert
    3. Warrants $1,179,581.65 (5) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting

     Other Business, Old or New

     Adjournment and Executive Session
    (Paraprofessional Negotiations)

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda

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  • Letter to the Editor of TTT: ALICE Saves Lives

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 12/4/2017
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