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School starts on August 31, 2015 for grades K,3,6.  All students will attend on September 1st.


Mrs. Robbins and Mrs. Allshouse 

will be hosting a meet and greet on

 the 27th of August at from 2:00 to

 3:00. We encourage parents to stop 

by.

Dates to look forward to:


Kindergarten Informational Meeting: August 27th at 2:00

Open house: September 10th time TBA

School Photo Day: September 14

                                                                 August 26, 2015

 

Dear Students, Parents and Families,

            Welcome back to a new school year.  Many of the staff have been back to work for a while, with all staff having returned this past Monday.  We are all excited to be getting back to the new year and are actively making plans to ensure we will be ready for your arrival.  I am writing to inform you of a few major topics.  You have been and will continue to receive more specific information from the schools and from individual teachers.

             First, the big news:  We have a new principal for the elementary school.  At last night’s special school committee meeting, Carla Magoon was awarded a one year contract as Interim Principal.  Carla has about twenty year’s educational experience.  She greatly impressed the nine member interview committee with her knowledge, level headedness and calm demeanor.  She also met the elementary staff this morning.  We are hopeful that she will be able to start very soon.

             Next, the School Lunch Program:  As you may know, we are planning to continue to provide free lunch to all students as we did last year.  However, we need to first overcome a very significant problem.  Despite our best efforts last fall, we could not get enough of you to return the lunch forms.  As we had free lunch for all, the motivation for families and parents to return the lunch forms to the schools evaporated.  I really do understand this reaction.  Those forms are very intrusive and ask for all sorts of personal information.

             The lunch forms do much more than provide individual students with a free or reduced cost of meal at school.  All of the forms taken together establish the free or reduced lunch rate for the entire school district.  This percentage is then used by the state and federal governments when they determine state funding, IT support, student loan forgiveness for teachers, and other federal grants.

            Therefore, at the start of the school year parents will pay for school lunches, until they return their free and reduced applications and qualify for free or reduced lunch. Once the school receives the usual number of returned applications, then we will provide all students with free lunch.

             And last, the budget:  We all know this has been a long and painful budget season.  Faced with all of the uncertainty since June, we have planned on opening school with the staff reductions reflecting a $6,500,000 budget.  I want to thank the elementary staff for their hard work and creative thinking in preparing for these changes.  They arrived with a very positive can-do attitude.  They are ready to welcome back your children.

 Sincerely,

 Mark Jenkins

Superintendent of Schools








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