Monday, September 24, 2012

Hello All,

I am very sorry to the parents and commuters who got caught up in the traffic congestion on Tiger Drive this morning. 

Unfortunately, several of the construction workers had mistakenly shut down Tiger Drive earlier than we expected this morning.  The congestion began before we could explain that we were not prepared for the construction to begin until this afternoon.  In response to our concerns, they opened up Tiger Drive shortly thereafter which alleviated the traffic congestion this morning.  However, we will all need to be aware of the additional commuting time required for this afternoon and until the construction on Tiger Drive is finished.

The Police Department is aware of the additional traffic concerns and they have assured me they will do all that they can to assist with the traffic on Rt. 117 as a result of the Tiger Drive closing.

Sincerely,
Bob Gerardi

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hello,

I missed these two very important announcements for our school community in my Superintendents Notes that were sent out this week.  I hope that this blog will help to get this information out.

Sincerely,
Bob 

The Maynard Booster Club 

Fall is a great time to clean out those closets and to RECYCLE THOSE OLD SHOES! The Maynard Booster Club is collecting all of your old shoes, sneakers and cleats for recycling! Drop off boxes are located in the lobby of all three schools and at Alumni Field when the Snack Shack is open. Collections start Monday Sept 17 through Saturday Sept 29. Sorry but we cannot accept: winter boots, roller skates, singles or unusable footwear. Thank you for supporting the Maynard Booster Club!

MHS Band and Chorus is going to Disney.

Help support our trip and you could win a new car! We are raffling a brand new Kia Optima or $20,000 in CASH! Raffle tickets are on sale now. You can purchase a ticket from a band or chorus member or you can find us at Oktoberfest or MHS home football games. A maximum of 2500 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50

MHS Band and Chorus Flower Bulb Fundraiser

Support MHS trip to Disney with some beautiful flowers. Go to the following link to purchase bulbs. MHS will receive 50% of all sales and the flowers come directly to you. http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/i/t/297640/AvjT21gZyOM8

 

Monday, September 17, 2012

The closing of Tiger Drive did not begin today as we expected.  The closing is rescheduled to start on Monday, September 24.  This will affect traffic flow with all 3 schools.

N-Star and the construction company will be bringing the main power lines to the new building next week.

Starting this coming Monday, September 24th Tiger Drive will be closed between the High School and Fowler School as power poles and a buried main power trunk are installed.

Any person who is used to driving through that section will not be able to including parents and buses that make stops at the high school and then the Green Meadow or Fowler.  People who need to access buildings in this way will have to go back out to 117 and go to the other entrance at the other end of Tiger Drive.

It is currently scheduled to take 1 week to complete this work with Tiger Drive back to normal traffic flow on Monday, October 1st.

Please remember that buses on the way home may be delayed

Sincerely,
Bob Gerardi

Friday, September 14, 2012

Important Transportation Notice:

As a necessary result of the construction of the new Maynard High School, Tiger Drive will be closed starting Monday. This will affect traffic flow with all 3 schools.

At yesterday's construction meeting it was brought up that N-Star and the construction company will be bringing the main power lines to the new building next week.

Starting this coming Monday September 17th Tiger Drive will be closed between the High School and Fowler School as power poles and a buried main power trunk are installed.

Any person who normally drives through that section will not be able to (including parents and buses that make stops at the high school and then the Green Meadow or Fowler).  People who need to access buildings in this way will have to go back out to 117 and go to the other entrance at the other end of Tiger Drive.

It is currently scheduled to take 1 week to complete this work with Tiger Drive back to normal traffic flow on Monday September 24th.  

Thank you for advance for your consideration in this matter
 
Sincerely,

Robert J. Gerardi, Jr., Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dear Parents,

We have heard the concerns around our online payment process for student lunches.

Let me explain how these problems have occurred:  


We have the same food service student management system called NutriKids as we did last year.  They have chosen to replaced PayPal with "myschoolbucks.com".  Myschoolbucks.com is the leader in electronic payments for the school food service industry.   NutriKids was the one who decided on the change and the implementation schedule for Maynard.   At a statewide meeting our food service director found out that most NutriKids districts have not completed their upgrades yet and that we are further along than two districts that he is familiar with. We have been told that when the issues are corrected, it will be a much more convenient process for the families.

Let me explain our solution:


Our Food Service Director, Robert Kinch has assured me that we had come a long way over last weekend in resolving this problem. While we still have minor issues to overcome they should all be resolved by the upcoming Friday. Parents can put money on the accounts now. However, Bob will continue to work with the parents who have individual problems with "myschoolbucks.com". Bob Kinch can be reached by phone at (978) 897-6100 or by email at rkinch@maynard.k12.ma.us

Thank you in advance for your patience while we work with our student management system on their software upgrade.

Sincerely,
Bob Gerardi