SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At Wednesday’s Meeting

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

#1) The School Committee did not provide an update on the status of its Superintendent Search. Chair Steve Bjork explained that he had planned to hold an Executive Session to discuss the matter immediately before the meeting, but decided to move it to immediately after the meeting, to accommodate some members who could not make it beforehand.

The School Committee next meets on Wednesday, May 24 and an update is expected then.

#2) The Wilmington Middle School’s a cappella group — the WilmingTones — performed the Star-Spangled Banner at the beginning of the meeting.

#3) The Wilmington School Committee approved the School Physician Contract between Wilmington Public Schools and Dr. John L. Maddox for a three-year term (July 7, 2016 through June 30, 2019).

It was discovered that former Superintendent Mary DeLai signed the contract back in July 2016 without School Committee approval, per state law.  This vote rectified the oversight and Maddox will be able to continue in his role for at least two more years.

#4) The Wilmington School Committee received recommendations from legal counsel regarding its District Curriculum Accommodation Plan.  Specifically, language surrounding the special education evaluation referral process was tweaked.

DCAP Update

#5) Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero told School Committee members that they will be invited to a joint meeting between the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, and Facilities Master Plan Committee this June to discuss a possible future joint Town Hall-School Administration Building and several location options.  School Committee member MJ Byrnes expressed concern about locating it at the Swain School site due to potential flooding issues and disruption of the Fourth of July celebration.  Chair Steve Bjork said he would lean towards the Swain School site if it’s true, as has been reported by consultants, that the Fourth of July celebration and student parking would not be negatively impacted.

Look for additional coverage of the meeting tomorrow.

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