VIDEO: Watch This Week’s Wilmington School Committee

WILMINGTON, MA — Watch the Wilmington School Committee Meeting from Wednesday, March 8, 2017, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:

In case you missed them, below are some highlights from the meeting, previously shared on Wilmington Apple:

#1) The Wilmington School Committee has received 41 applicants for its superintendent opening. 

“This was a lot more than we anticipated,”admitted School Chair Julie Broussard during her update to the public.

As of Monday, February 27, when the School Committee last met to discuss the superintendent search, it was believed that only 2 or 3 applications had been received to date.  It’s unclear if those estimates were incorrect, or if the district received an overwhelming response during the week leading up to the Monday, March 6 deadline.

At the end of Wednesday’s public meeting, the School Committee, as permitted by the state’s Open Meeting Law, entered into an Executive Session to review responses and discuss the selection process.

Broussard announced that the Committee would be releasing a statement to the press within the coming days to update the public on some of the decisions made in the Executive Session and the next steps the Committee intends to take in the selection process.

“We’ll get that press release statement out by the end of the week,” said Broussard.  “For tonight, it’s just a lot of stay tuned.”

#2) The Wilmington School Committee unanimously voted not to participate in the state’s School Choice Program for next school year because of a lack of available space to accommodate out-of-town students.

“Since 1994, when the State Legislature enacted the School Choice Program, the Wilmington School Committee has annually voted not to participate,” said School Committee Chair Julie Broussard before the vote. “In previous years, the School Committee’s decision not to participate has been based on the lack of available space for students out of Wilmington. This situation remains the case for the 2017-2018 school year.”

3) The Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved the donation of a band drum set, valued at $850, to the Wilmington Public Schools to benefit the district’s band program.  The donation was made by Wilmington resident Frank Kumiega.  The district also recently received a similar donation from Stoneham resident Linda Petrous, but because the value of that drum set was under the $500 threshold, a formal vote was not necessary.

“We thank both of these donors for their generous support of the Wilmington Public Schools’ band programs,” said School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.

#4) The Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved a Out-of-State Field Trip request for the Wilmington Middle School 7th Grade Chorus to perform at the Great East Music Festival at the Hampstead (NH) Middle School, and then enjoy a fun trip to Canobie Lake Park, on Friday, June 2.  The trip, which is optional for chorus members, will likely cost $60-$70 per student, but organizers are working to lower the cost.

#5) The Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved the creation of a revolving account for the purpose of collecting and distributing funds related to the District’s new Summer Technology Academy.  The academy will be self-supporting. One of its chief goals will be to help students become more familiar with their Google Chromebooks.  Parents should look for more details soon.

Odds & Ends: The meeting lasted only 15 minutes, likely making it one of the shortest School Committee meetings in Wilmington history. Interim Superintendent Joanne Benton was absent from the meeting. Director of Finance & Administration Paul Ruggiero filled in for her.  There was no Superintendent Report, Student Representative Report, Subcommittee Reports, Correspondence, or Public Comments.  Several school committee challengers were in the audience. (Not listing them for fear of missing one or two.)  The School Committee’s next regularly scheduled meeting is on Wednesday, March 22.

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