WILMINGTON, MA — Here are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
#1) School Committee Chair Steve Bjork announced that the School Committee’s negotiation team and Superintendent finalist Dr. Glenn Brand have come to an agreement.
“We have come to what we think our agreeable terms for each of us,” said Bjork, who served on the negotiation team alongside colleagues Peggy Kane and Jennifer Bryson.
The School Committee’s attorney has reviewed the contract.
After discussing the contract in Executive Session, the School Committee will formally ratify the agreement in open session during its next meeting on Wednesday, March 14.
“Dr. Brand is very eager to get started in the town of Wilmington. He’s looking forward to it,” announced Bjork. “Great news is coming up.”
#2) The School Committee unanimously approved the 10th Annual Wildcat Summer Sports Clinics.
11 sports will be offered, including Boys and Girls Basketball, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Volleyball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, All Sports, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Track.
The schedule for this year’s clinic remains up in the air due to the uncertainty over the last day of school. 11 clinics will be offered a 6-week period. All clinics will run for 5 days for a total of 28 hours, with the exception of the clinic during Fourth of July week, which will run for 4 days and 24 hours.
The cost of clinics will remain at $175 per week ($150 during Fourth of July week).
The location of the clinics is not yet finalized. The district would like to hold them at the High School, but may be forced to utilize the Middle School if repair work is scheduled for WHS gym.
Registration and a finalized schedule will eventually be posted on the WPSK12.com website and hard copies will be sent home with students.
Over the past nine years, the summer clinics have averaged 390 participants and brought in over $567,000 in gross revenue.
#3) The School Committee received an update on Wilmington Special Olympics School Day Games from organizer and WHS Special Education Teacher Diane Hill.
The event will take place during the school day on May 2. To date, 58 athletes have registered. Each will be paired with another Wilmington High school student (“unified partner”) and compete in various sports.
Burlington Public School has not signed up yet, but are likely going to bring 40 students, a similar number to last year.
Hill has reached out to Wilmington children who were placed in schools outside the district. She is waiting to hear back from the Special Olympics to determine which students are eligible, as those who attend schools with their own Special Olympics School Day Games are ineligible to participate.
Hill said plans are on track for Wilmington athletes to participate in a full 6-week training course beginning March 12.
Hill noted that fundraising has been slow thus far, with only $355 raised. Hill and her planning committee, however, have organized several upcoming fundraisers. From March 5 to March 9, residents are encouraged to donate clothing and shoes in the marked containers at the High School, West Intermediate, and Wildwood Early Childhood Center. Additionally, clothing and shoes can be dropped off to We’re One Wilmington at Villanova Hall on Sunday, March 11, from 5pm to 8pm. All donations will be given to Savers, which will provide the planning committee with 20 cents per pound of clothing.
The planning committee is also soliciting local businesses to buy ad space in the event’s program.
The School Committee gave organizers the green light to establish a Facebook page for the event. The page — Wilmington Special Olympics School Day Games — launched Thursday.
“Thank you for taking on such an enormous undertaking,” School Committee MJ Byrnes told Hill.
“I attended last year. It was a fantastic event. Everyone was having a wonderful time,” added School Committee Chair Steve Bjork.
#4) The Wilmington School Committee accepted a $500 donation in the form of an Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance grant from Alliance Energy to the Woburn Street Elementary School.
According to Principal Jeff Strasnick, the money will be used to purchase technology items to support the school’s math and science programs.
#5) School Committee member MJ Byrnes, the Committee’s representative to the Wilmington Educational Foundation (WEF), announced that WEF recently funded three Joanne Benton Educational Explorer Grants in the amount of $3,667.96.
The recipients were:
- Meghan Burns – WHS Spanish – Explore Spain and attend a conference ($1,500)
- Kristin Smith – WMS G7 ELA – Trip to London to explore Charles Dickens & The Christmas Carol ($1,067.96)
- Katianne Jackson – WMS 8th Grade Social Studies – US Civics – Trip to DC ($1,100)
MORE TO COME: Wilmington Apple will also be covering news regarding changes to the Wilmington High School Program of Studies, the district exploring new textbook & e-resource purchases, and the School Committee sending a letter to its state delegation over inadequate Circuit Breaker funding in Governor Baker’s latest supplemental budget proposal. Wilmington Apple has already reported on the school safety update from Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero from the meeting.
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