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School Committee Newsletter Issue #5 -- March 1, 2018

by Press Release
March 6, 2018

Abridged edition.
In this issue: RAMS Principal Search Nearing End, School Committee Approves Preliminary Budget, Contact Us

Abridged edition.

In this issue: RAMS Principal Search Nearing End, School Committee Approves Preliminary Budget, Contact UsTHE SCHOOL COMMITTEE WILL HOLD "OFFICE HOURS" ON THURSDAY, MARCH 22, AT THE ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL, 6-6:55 P.M.  STOP BY WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS AND STAY FOR THE PTO'S 7:00 P.M. SCREENING OF "BEYOND MEASURE."

Last Chance to Weigh in on Middle School Principal 

Dr. Brad Jackson, superintendent of schools, will hold office hours to hear from parents, or other members of the public, about the selection of the Robert Adams Middle School principal. This comes at the end of a long process, which included an open house for each finalist.

The office hours will be held Thursday, March 8, at the Middle School, at 7:00 p.m.

The finalists are Lynne Blumer Beattie, the K-12 digital literacy administrator for Concord Public Schools, who was previously Concord Middle School principal; David Jordan, the current interim principal at Adams who served as assistant principal there starting in 2013; and Andrew Rosenshine, assistant principal at Concord Middle School.

The superintendent plans to announce his decision the following week.

Preliminary Budget Approved 

At its meeting on March 1, the School Committee recommended a budget for FY19 (school year 2018-19) that:  

  1. Maintains current service levels (meaning we make adjustments for inflation and other increases that allow us to keep current programs, staff, and services);      $824,293  Compared to FY18 (current) budget:   +2.52%

  2. Restores functions previously eliminated;:   $171,300 Compared to FY18 budget: +0.5%

  3. Provides funding for lost federal grant        $43,000   Compared to FY18 budget:  +0.13%

  4. Adds strategic supports to students, families and staff: $126,946   Compared to FY18 budget:   +0.38%

  5. Begins a three-year plan to eliminate tuition-based full-day kindergarten. $220,000  Compared to FY18 Budget  +.67%

 

  School Committee Members

School Committee members are Holliston residents elected to three-year terms. All Massachusetts School Committees have three main purviews:

  1. Hire and evaluate the superintendent;

  2. Prepare and approve school budgets, which are subject to final approval by the town;

  3. Create and amend policies.

Our agendas, meeting minutes, and policies are available on our web site at http://www.holliston.k12.ma.us/home/school-committee

Feel free to contact any committee member with questions or comments. Please note we all have new email addresses:

Anne Louise Hanstad, Chair        HanstadA@hsc.holliston.k12.ma.us

Stacey Raffi, Vice Chair                 RaffiS@hsc.holliston.k12.ma.us

Martha Devoe                         DevoeM@hsc.holliston.k12.ma.us

Lisa Kocian                          KocianL@hsc.holliston.k12.ma.us        

Cynthia Listewnik               ListewnikC@hsc.holliston.k12.ma.us

Andy Morton                    MortonA@hsc.holliston.k12.ma.us

Joan Shaughnessy           ShaughnessyJ@hsc.holliston.k12.ma.us


Our mailing address is:

Holliston School Committee

Hollis St

Holliston, MA 01746
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On the web at www.holliston.k12.ma.us

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