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

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

#1) The School Committee received an update from Laura Stinson regarding the district’s upcoming WHAM Walks for PreK-Grade 5 students.

Wilmington Public Schools is holding its 2nd Annual WHAM (Wilmington Healthy Actively Moving) Walk the April in collaboration with the 6th Annual National Every Kid Healthy Celebration Week.

The six lower schools will schedule a 30-minute WHAM Walk outside its building. Students and teachers will participate in this walk to promote 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Walks at the Boutwell, Wildwood, Shawsheen and Woburn Street will take place on Tuesday, April 24. Walks at the North and West will occur on April 30.

There is no fundraising component to this year’s walk.

“It’s simply for each school to get out for thirty minutes and enjoy some fresh air and get moving,” said Stinson. “We’ll hopefully do it again in the fall in conjunction with WEF [with the Joanne Benton Memorial WEF Walk on Halloween].”

#2) Stinson also discussed her Walking School Bus efforts with the School Committee. The Shawsheen students will have a “walking school bus” event on Tuesday, May 29, with a rain date of Thursday, May 31.  Stinson is unsure which buses will be involved with the event.  The Woburn Street School will having another “walking school bus” event in June. In the fall, a third school will have its own “walking school bus” event as the program continues to gradually expand.

#3a) The School Committee unanimously approved an Out-Of-Town Field Trip request of the DECA Club for four of its members to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia on April 21-April 25. The four members attending will become next year’s WHS DECA Club leaders.

#3b) The School Committee also received an update on a previously approved Out-Of-Country Field Trip involving the WHS Strings traveling to Austria in April 2019. The trip has been pushed back a week to April 12-April 19, to correspond with next year’s April vacation.

#4a) The School Committee formally ratified a new contract for Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero, who is set to become Assistant Superintendent of Administration & Finance on July 1, when Dr. Glenn Brand assumes the role of Superintendent.

#4b) The School Committee created a subcommittee, consisting of Jennifer Bryson, Julie Broussard and Peggy Kane, to help Dr. Brand during this transition process.  He has expressed an interest in being involved in certain important decisions that the district needs to be make prior to July 1. The vote was 6-0-1, with Manny Mulas abstaining.

#5) Wilmington School Committee member MJ Byrnes encouraged residents to attend the Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Lip Sync Fundraiser on Friday, April 27 at 7pm at the Wilmington/Tewksbury Elks. WEF is looking for 16 teams to compete. Registration is open. Tickets are available now and will be sold at the door. More info can be found HERE.

PLUS: Woburn Street Grade 2 students from Mrs. Gordon’s class presented the School Committee with the posters they created as part of a class Winter Olympics Project.


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