SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Meeting

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

#1) Middle School Program Of Studies: The Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved the 2019-2020 Middle School’s Program of Studies.

“For the most part, the program is unchanged from last year, with one large exception,” said Interim Middle School Principal Kevin Welch. “The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education just adopted new standards in social studies, which include pretty drastic changes to the Middle School history curriculum, mainly an 8th grade civics program.”

The Middle School is working with its textbook vendors to pilot a civics program for 8th graders next year. Once the pilot’s details are finalized, the program of studies will be updated to reflect the addition of the civics curriculum for 8th graders. The School Committee will receive an update and vote on its inclusion in the program of studies in the near future.

Welch also noted that Assistant Principal Quirk and Assistant Superintendent Reagan were leading a group of teachers who were taking a “deeper look” into making changes to the Program of Studies after the 2019-2020 school year.

#2) WEF Curriculum Grants: The School Committee unanimously accepted a donation of Wilmington Educational Foundation’s Curriculum Grants in the total amount of nearly $4,915. Grant recipients included: Samantha Prindeville, Michael Ferrara, Diana Hill, Michelle Kurchian, Charlotte King, Lauren Dicker, Kristin Russo, Katelyn Scarfo, Teressa Pietro, and Joanne Veliz.

#3) Coordinated Program Review Progress Report: Assistant Superintendent Brian Reagan updated the School Committee on the progress the district has made towards it Coordinated Program Review. The district has made progress in several areas concerning special education and students’ civil rights, including meeting the state-mandated indicators in student discipline, institutional self-evaluation, bullying intervention & prevention, transfer of parental rights at age of majority, determination of specific learning disabilities, and determination of transition services. The district is on pace to meet the two outstanding indicators by their deadlines.

#4) Financial Report Audit: The School Committee reviewed its End Of Fisccal Year Financial Report Audit. Roselli, Clark & Associates — the accountant firm — only flagged one compliance issue.

“For municipal expenditures that result in services directly related to the school committee, obtain a copy of the written agreement between the School Committee and municipal officials documenting agreed upon methodologies to be used when allocating municipal expenditures to the district and test the amounts of reported using the methodologies.”

Assistant Superintendent Paul Ruggiero explained that such a written agreement between the school-side and town-side has never existed.

#5) School Committee Reorganization: After a thorough discussion, the School Committee left it unresolved as to whether it should hold its annual reorganization (vote for Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary) before or after the Town Election. The reorganization is traditionally held the meeting following the Town Election, but current members are concerned the two new members may not feel comfortable voting in the reorganization. Additionally, for the first time in recent memory, the School Committee won’t have a chair leading into its meeting on May 8 as Chair Julie Broussard is not seeking re-election at the April 27 Town Election. Committee members decided to table discussion as member MJ Byrnes was absent.

Watch the meeting, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:

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