Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Buker Elementary School Multipurpose Room
6:30 p.m. School choice presentation
7:00 p.m. Regular School Committee meeting, including 2014-2015 priorities & budget

On Thursday night the Hamilton Wenham School Committee seeks input on two important topics, among others:

  • Whether to alter the “School Choice” program, by which we accept students from other districts into our high school, and
  • Which of three tiers of proposed educational programs (see list below) to include in next year’s preliminary budget.

Both topics could have long-lasting impacts on our school district. Please try to send at least one member of your household to weigh in on these important decisions.

The School Choice report, which was designed to be a starting point for a conversation about the future of the program is available at: www.hwschools.net/uploaded/District/Documents_PDF’s/District_Reports/CHOICE_11-4-2013_mmh_(Use_This)_(2).pdf. Members of the school committee have respectfully asked that citizens wishing to comment on the topic read the report beforehand.

The proposed 2014-2015 regional school district budget is available at:

www.hwschools.net/uploaded/District/Documents_PDF’s/District_Reports/FY15_SC_Tentative_Budget_Book_1.10.14.pdf

As part of the budgeting process, the superintendent, working with school leaders and teachers, has developed a list of educational priorities, divided roughly into three tiers of importance.

The school committee and administration need to know which of these are most important to school families. Please attend the meeting on Thursday night to let your wishes be known. You may also email committee members to share your thoughts: www.hwschools.net/page.cfm?p=1653

Tier 1

1-to-1 electronic devices at the High School

Full-day Kindergarten

Technology upgrades/replacements at all schools

Additional foreign language through Middlebury on-line learning program

Maintenance projects at all schools

Tier 2

Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for Math and for English/Language Arts

High School furniture replacements

Additional staff at the High School — Technology Integration Specialist

Middle School Team Leaders

Student Information programs

Tier 3

Central Office Staff

Phone system replacement for Winthrop and Cutler

User fee reduction

External surveillance camera

Others not yet ranked

Team Teaching Model at Middle School

Revise 6-12 Curriculum model

Develop shared HR model with towns of Hamilton and Wenham

Maintenance and Facilities staffing

See you Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Buker Elementary School Multipurpose Room
6:30 p.m. School choice presentation
7:00 p.m. Regular School Committee meeting, including 2014-2015 priorities & budget

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