Superintendent’s Office Hours for Week of April 30, 2017

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be offering office hours during the following days and times next week:

Superintendent Office Hours For the Week of 4/30/2017

Wednesday May 3rd (5:00-6:00 p.m.) – Reading Public Schools Administration Offices

Friday May 5th (2:00-3:00 p.m.) – Coolidge Middle School

Saturday May 6th (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.) – Reading Public Schools Administration Offices

All are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-942-5800 or by contact at http://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/

Pathways Newsletter for Week of April 30, 2017

Good Evening, Reading Public School Community,

We hope all is well and you are having a great weekend.  Kudos to the Birch Meadow Community for the Inspirational “Together for Tewksbury Event” that was held earlier today.  Over 400 people came and participated in a 5K Walk/Run which raised thousands of dollars for the Jolene Tewksbury Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Below is the link to this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  We have a lot of local news stories this week including the Together for Tewksbury Event, A Veteran’s Journalism Project that was done at RMHS, an article on how Reading MTSS steps into action to address students and stress, the RMHS Marching Band and Color Guard performing at Disney, and next weekend’s RMHS Drama Club show, The Taming of the Shrew.  There is also an article from the National Association of School Psychologists regarding the new Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why”-Considerations for Educators.  There are also photos from RMHS and Killam.

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Take care.

Pathways Newsletter V3N32

Superintendent’s Office Hours for Week of April 23, 2017

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be offering office hours during the following days and times next week:

Superintendent Office Hours For the Week of 4/23/2017

Monday, April 24th (2:00-3:00 p.m.) – Barrows Elementary School

Monday, April 24th (6:00-7:00 p.m.) – Reading Public Schools Administration Offices

Friday, April 28th (2:00-3:00 p.m.) – Wood End Elementary School

 

All are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-942-5800 or by contact at http://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/

 

 

Pathways Newsletter for Week of April 23, 2017

Good Afternoon, Reading Public School Community,

We hope all is well and you are having a great vacation.  Below is a copy of this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  In this week’s edition, there is a story about an RMHS Senior who will be featured on NPR this week, an article about MTSS in the Reading Public Schools, an article on orchestrating productive struggles in math class, and a New York Times briefing on keys to happiness.  There are also photos from Birch Meadow, Killam, Parker, and Friday’s Professional Development Activity.

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V3N31

Superintendent Office Hours for the Week of April 9, 2017

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be offering office hours during the following days and times next week:

Superintendent Office Hours For the Week of 4/9/2017

Wednesday April 12th (2:15 – 3:15 p.m.) – Parker Middle School

Thursday April 13th (7:15 – 8:15 a.m.) – Reading Memorial High School

All are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-942-5800 or by contact at http://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/

Pathways Newsletter for Week of April 9, 2017

Good Morning, Reading Public School Community,

We hope all is well and you are enjoying your weekend.  Below is the link to this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  In this week’s edition we have local school stories about ArtsFest, Students from Ecuador visiting Parker Middle School, the Joshua Eaton Principal Announcement, and an award for one of our Food Service Managers.  We also have a video describing what a normal day is like for a child with autism.  We also have many photos from RMHS and ArtsFest.

Have a great Sunday and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V3N30

Joshua Eaton Principal Announced

The Reading Public Schools is pleased to announce that LisaMarie Ippolito has been appointed as the Principal of the Joshua Eaton Elementary School. Ms. Ippolito is currently the District STEM Coordinator for the Wilmington Public Schools where she has been for the last 16 years.  During that time, she has served in the roles of an elementary classroom teacher, a special education teacher, an elementary technology integration specialist, an elementary math coordinator, and a curriculum director.  She comes with a very strong knowledge base in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and data analysis. Her leadership style, strong interpersonal skills and knowledge of curriculum and instruction will be an excellent match for the Joshua Eaton Elementary School Community.

Ms. Ippolito will begin as Joshua Eaton Principal on July 1st and will work with Mr. Sprung over the next few months in transition activities.

A special thank you goes out to the entire Joshua Eaton Community for their feedback during this process and to the Joshua Eaton Principal Screening Committee for all of their hard work in identifying four very strong finalists for the position.

Please welcome LisaMarie Ippolito to the Reading Public Schools.

FY18 Budget Update

The following update summarizes the current status of the Reading Public School Department FY18 budget.  As stated in the previous FY18 budget update in the February 12, 2017 Pathways Newsletter, the School Committee, Superintendent of Schools, and Director of Finance has been working collaboratively with the Finance Committee and Town Officials to move forward with a balanced budget for Town Meeting which restores the middle school teaching positions for next year.  This balanced budget proposal consists of two parts.

The first part, which will be voted on at April Town Meeting, is to fund the $150,000 for the second phase of the science curriculum implementation this year (FY17).  If approved at Town Meeting, the materials and supplies will be purchased this spring for the next school year.  This funding will allow the district to then move forward in the next phase of the science curriculum implementation which is focusing on Grades K-2, 7-8, and 9-12.

The second part, proposed at the Finance Committee meeting last week by School Committee Chair Jeanne Borawski, Superintendent of Schools John Doherty, and Director of Finance Gail Dowd, addresses the remaining difference of $438,000 necessary to restore the 7.0 FTE middle school teachers. This proposal, which is outlined below, includes the additional use of cash reserves, a combination of holding back one time purchases in both the Municipal Budget and the School Department budget, as well as, salary savings in the school department through retirements and administrative turnover that have occurred since the budget was passed by the School Committee in late January.  The details are as follows:

1.       School Department requests an additional $100,000 of cash reserves be allocated to the School Department Budget.

2.       School Committee budget will reduce the salaries total by $90,000 to account for savings now resulting from teacher retirements and administrative turnover at Joshua Eaton and the RISE Preschool.  Since January, we have learned of some additional teacher retirements for next year, the current Joshua Eaton Principal resigning to work in another school district, and the retirement of the RISE Preschool Director.  The combination of new hires for these positions could result in a savings of approximately $90,000.

3.       School Committee budget will reduce $150,000 in FY18 purchases in technology replacement and in the building based budgets.  While this will result in a significant decrease in technology replacement and building based purchases, our intent is to use any savings from this current fiscal year to offset some or all of these reductions by pre-purchasing these materials during the current fiscal year.

4.       The remaining difference is $98,000, and the Town Manager has agreed to hold back $132,000 of purchases in the Municipal FY18 budget to offset this difference.

At the March 22nd Finance Committee meeting, the Finance Committee supported the above proposal and voted unanimously to recommend to Town Meeting the use of an additional $100,000 of cash reserves to be allocated to the School Department Budget.

It should be noted that although this creative and collaborative approach with School and Town Officials provides a temporary balance to the FY18 School Department budget, it is a one-time solution to what will be a very tight and difficult budget year.  It perhaps should be noted as well that the FY18 School Department budget is still being reduced by nearly $1 million dollars (resulting in the loss of 10.9 FTE positions, including 6.4 classroom teachers, and tuition increases for RISE Preschool, Full Day Kindergarten, Extracurricular Activities, and Athletics).  This one time solution may also make it impossible for the School Department to address within its budget any unanticipated, financial challenges during the school year such as an unanticipated special education out-of-district costs, additional staffing to address a critical school need, or long-term substitutes due to staff illness.  It is possible that additional funding requests may be necessary in FY18.

We want to thank and recognize the tireless efforts and collaboration of the School Committee, Finance Committee, School Officials and Town Manager for working together to develop a plan to restore the middle school positions for next year.  What has become evident during this several month budget process, both with Municipal and School Officials, is that there is growing interest and support for an override election in the next 14 months. Because this is clearly a revenue problem, it is understood that the challenge must be addressed through either an override or some other revenue-generating method, if the community wishes to sustain the current level of services in Reading.  As we move forward however, we are both encouraged and grateful to see such a dedicated collaboration in our community to tackle these difficult issues. We look forward to working together as we all seek a longer term solution for our entire community.

Superintendent Office Hours for Week of April 2, 2017

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be offering office hours during the following days and times next week:

Superintendent Office Hours For the Week of 4/2/2017

Tuesday, April 4th (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.) – Reading Public Schools Administrative Offices

Thursday April 6th (2:30 – 3:30 p.m.) – Coolidge Middle School

Saturday, April 8th (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.) – Reading Public Schools Administrative Offices

All are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-942-5800 or by contact at http://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/

Pathways Newsletter for Week of April 2, 2017

Good Morning,

We hope all is well and you are enjoying your weekend.  Below is the link to this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  In this week’s edition, there is an FY18 budget update, how new teachers are introduced to MTSS in our school district, a story about the Parker Hoops for Heart, a story about Birch Meadow Read Across America, the announcement of the Reading Education Foundation Grants, and ArtsFest.  There are also several photos from Birch Meadow, Parker, Barrows, Joshua Eaton and RMHS.

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V3N29