In attendance is Alison Manugian, Jon Sjoberg, Peter Cronin, Jeff Kubick and Director of Business & Finance – Jared Stanton and Superintendent – Dr. Kristan Rodriguez.
- Discussions pertaining to the SC taking a leadership role in the school budgetary process took place tonight. To clarify the SC instructed the Superintendent to draft a budget that would be able to fund the current schools needs that were identified in the needs assessment. The superintendent will be producing the actual monetary numbers in this budget, however the SC would like to play a role in the narrative. I think this is a great idea and incredibly important that all taxpayers should have clarity of what we are being asked to spend, why it is needed and how will it accommodate the needs identified in the needs assessment. This same philosophy should be utilized for every tax dollar spent in Groton & Dunstable.
- SC will be looking to meet with BOS & Fin Com (roughly first week of January) to check in with the boards to see if the schools have the support of the boards. Many BOS members during election and while holding office had stated they support our schools and many Fin Com members have publicly stated they support our schools.
- We have not had a formal needs assessment for our schools within the last 10 years (if ever).
- We have not had an override within the last 5 years to help fund municipal services & school needs.
- The state does not provide adequate funding for public schools which in return puts the cost to properly fund our schools in the hands of the taxpayers.
- What kind of school district do we want for our towns?
- SC discussed school budget anticipated timeline
- Second week of February – Superintendent Budget Hearing
- Last week of February – Public input hearing
- Second week of March – SC vote on budget and is provided to town
- April (Groton) & May (Dunstable) school budget provided to taxpayers at town meeting.
Meeting adjourned for the SC meeting to begin. In attendance for the regular SC meeting are Alison Manugian, Jon Sjoberg, Peter Cronin, Jeff Kubick, Stephanie Cronin, Asst. Superintendent – Dr. Katie Novak, Director of Business & Finance – Jared Stanton and Superintendent – Dr. Kristan Rodriguez.
- School Improvement Plan Presentation 2014/2015 – This presentation was nice to hear as it summarized the goals that were set and what was accomplished by our individual schools.
- Current Goals For Each School by June 2016
- Boutwell – Focus on improving family knowledge of their child’s social development & focus on student social skills through June 2016
- Swallow Union – Effectively implemented readers workshop model for instruction. Second goal grade level teams will reflect on our new math models to change, enhance or modify lessons to allow proper-tiered instruction. Third goal is to increase communication methods.
- Flo Ro – Collaborate in grade level teams to select text-based writing opportunities and make specific preparations for the implementation of Writers’s Workshop during 2016-2017. Unpack and reflect on Eureka math modules in order to support implementation of the program and make lesson adjustments as needed, as meeting artifacts and grade level lesson outlines. Improve and streamline communications at the classroom/grade level to caretakers level by regular providing two-way communication with families about student’s performance and learning. Develop an elementary technology integration action plan based on technology needs in the classroom.
- MS – Create a school-wide intervention plan including the development of comprehensive Tier 1 approach to the instruction and support math & literacy. Collect feedback from the parent community on current communication tools and create a plan to increase the effectiveness. Engage the GDRMS community to identify key areas of improvement. This information will lead to a plan for the staff to use professional learning communities to research and address pertinent issues.
- HS – Scheduling committee will report on the effectiveness of the block schedule and examine alternatives as evidenced by the completion of a comparative analysis document. Align the curriculum in all grades to the MA Frameworks to ensure a strong structure of ELA instruction, as measured by a completed ELA9-12 scope and sequence. In partnership with Middlesex Community College & U Mass Lowell faculty and staff, we will create a concurrent dual enrollment program at GDRHS as measures by dual enrollment, concurrent course offering in the spring 2016 semester. Successfully develop, organize and execute a comprehensive overhaul of our Advisory Program that is consistent, meaningful and successful as measured by student staff pre and post survey results.
- Dr. Novak has performed a survey with teachers and completed the research regarding homework assignments. Next step is going to be surveying parents & students. After the surveys data is collected and analyzed, Dr. Novak will provide her recommendations to the SC in February 2016. Expect a survey link via email (January 2016) if you want to provide feedback on how much homework your child is doing each night on a regular basis. Hopefully it will come to parents in a separate email verses embedded in the Superintendent’s blog so it is easy to find and participate.
- Substitute teachers at GDRSD will receive $75 per day moving forward which is average for surrounding town and based on a 6.5 hour day is about $11.54/per hour. This increase is to allow GDRSD the ability to obtain substitute staff and it is the same amount that our substitute teachers current receive after 30 days.
- Charter Review Update – Overall the SC was open to having some verbiage about the schools in the charter that would outline the unique relationship between the town and the schools and how they work together.
Meeting adjourned 8:45pm