Friday, September 6, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


Student enrollment analysis and the location of third grade in FY15

When Maynard High School was planned as a school with grades 8 through 12, the logic was that third grade would be able to move from Green Meadow to Fowler.  We postponed that move for this year to reduce the transitional issues that would be required as we opened the new high school. 

At last week's school committee meeting, I explained that I would form a committee to analyze the data around the location of the third grade for next year (FY15).  I would like parent, teacher, and administrator representation on this committee.  Any parents or community members who would like to participate are welcome. Please email me or call my office if you are interested.

At that meeting I also identified one financial barrier to moving the third grade: we reduced our budget this year by $34,000 by equalizing the bus runs with the current student populations at Fowler and Green Meadow.  Moving the third grade to Fowler would cause an imbalance in student population and would increase the need for another full bus.  This would increase our budget by over $40,000 next year.

As I have been proactively examining student enrollments, I have noticed another concern with moving any grades next year.  Our student enrollments are increasing significantly at all three levels: Maynard High School, Fowler, and Green Meadow.   Anecdotally I attribute this to Maynard's investment in a 21st century high school and quality 21st century instruction in all of the schools.  However, instead of relying on my intuition, I plan on having an independent outside enrollment projection performed through the New England Development Council (NESDEC). I will also look for better demographic projections as well. 

When I first came to Maynard two years ago, one concern was that our district was too small to be efficient.  We hoped that the new high school would retain students in the district so that we could maximize our services in the Maynard Public Schools, leverage an economy of scale, and keep state tuition in Maynard.   These enrollment increases are evidence that we are accomplishing this goal.

Being frugal, I have made every effort to hold independent audits of systems and reduce inefficiencies while increasing services.  I assure you that the Maynard Public Schools will not repeat the maintenance mistakes of the past.  We now have a facilities manager who oversees the regular maintenance of the buildings, we have sufficient custodial staff to clean and make minor repairs, and we have long-term plans in place for each building.   This staffing and planning is aimed at using each building to its maximum life span.  We will maximize the use of each building with these increased class sizes to be as prudent as possible. 

Fowler Back to School Picnic for Grades 4 & 5

There will be a back to school picnic on Tuesday September 10th from 6 to 7 pm at Fowler.  Bring your family, pack a dinner, and enjoy the music from WAVM!  If the weather doesn't cooperate, we will move the picnic indoors, so don't let that stop you!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Also, please "like" our "Fowler School PTO" page on Face book to keep up with what's going on!

Thanks so much,
Sue Hines & Justine St. John, Fowler PTO Co-Chairs

Exciting 16th Annual Maynard Road Race
To Benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

Mark your calendar for the upcoming 16th Annual Maynard 5KRun/2M Walk Road Race on Saturday, September 21, 2013. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.  This is always a terrific family event with people coming from many different communities!  The exciting newer race route has made the event even more exciting! The very popular Kids Race will be part of this year's event again!

The 1M Kids Race, for children 4-11 years old, will begin at 10:00 AM, with the same start and finish of the larger races.  All participants will receive a running number, be timed and will receive a medal. They will also have snacks at the end of the race.  Entry fee is $7/ea.

The 5K Run/2M Walk Races will begin at 11:00 AM sharp on Summer Street across from Memorial Park! Registration for these races will take place from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 52 Nason Street, Maynard.  There will also be kid activities and music to enjoy prior to the races.

Medals will be awarded for the top male/female overall and top three finishers male and female in all categories: junior/high school/open/sub-master/master/senior/super senior/senior max. Entry fees are $25 in advance or $30 day of the race.

The race route will start and end in Maynard Center, winding through the streets of Maynard.  An awards ceremony will take place following the races.

Following the races, stay in Maynard Center to enjoy food and drinks from participating restaurants and specials from Maynard businesses. 

For additional information or to have an application sent to you, please leave a message at 978-461-2871 or 978-764-5279.  Applications are also available at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley, 212 Great Road, Maynard or by visiting www.onyourmarxracing.com  take advantage of the on-line registration. 

Walking information for Green Meadow Students attending the Boy’s and Girl’s Club

This year the Maynard Public Schools was able to provide some transportation to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club on buses 1 and 3.  The Boy’s and Girl’s Club Staff have volunteered to start walking any students wishing to participate including the Green Meadow students assigned to Buses 2 and 4 after school to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club starting soon.  Please call Wendy Allegrone to register at 978-461-2871.

Bus Information

Bus #4 for the High School and Fowler students will reverse the route on the way home starting Monday, September 9. Bus #4 for Fowler will start the route at 6:55 a.m.

Good Press                                                                                                                                              

If you get a chance, please read the September 5th edition of the Beacon Villager news paper.  On Page A3 there are some excellent Meet the Teacher and a Meet the Principal articles.  What I loved most about all of the comments was the commonality in their answers to the question “What attracted you to the Maynard School system?”   Fowler Assistant Principal Carrie Duff best summarized it in her response “I was looking for a small school district with a strong culture of supporting students and meeting their individual needs.”

There are some wonderful pictures of the first day of school on Page A4 and on B1 and B6 is a great article about the Maynard Bromfield Tigers Football Team!  Go Tigers! 

2 comments:

  1. Surprised about the Fowler bus route #4 start time change. If the route starts at 6:55 am, the bus will arrive at Fowler long before the building opens at 7:45 am. Are the 4-7th graders going to wait outside until the doors open?

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  2. Thank you for catching this typo in the blog. It got lost in transition from the bus company to me. The corrected statement should have been as follows:

    Bus #4 for the High School and Fowler students will reverse the route on the way home starting Monday September 9. Bus #4 for the high school will start the route at 6:55.

    This was a minor adjustment to the high school but would have been dramatic for Fowler. I am sorry for the mistake.

    Sincerely,
    Bob Gerardi

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