Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Superintendent's Notes

FY17 Budget Update

Several folks have expressed concern that they were not sure what final budget actions occurred at the school committee meeting on 5/13.  I was asked to clarify what happened.

The School Committee has been deliberating on balancing the budget for several months. The budget that was passed at the Annual Town Meeting on 5/16 was a level service budget.  However, it did not account for contractual concerns that have been raised in regard to scheduling.  

Actions Required:

It has been identified that the contractual concerns require the layoff of 4 full time teachers at Maynard High School (MHS) and 4 full time teachers at Green Meadow (GM).  Those 8 full time positions will be replaced with 10 part time positions.  The layoffs will save the district $294,947 but the new hires needed will cost the district approximately $339,000.  This will require an additional $44,053 based on average hiring costs.

Actions Considered:

In order to balance the budget, the School Committee had to choose one of the following three reductions:

1. Eliminate one 2nd grade section (balancing 2nd grade class sizes with others at GM)

2. Eliminate one  guidance counselor position at Fowler (based on similar school studies)

3. Eliminate one literacy coach position (this would reduce Title I programming at GM)

Actions taken:

1. After many meetings of thoughtful deliberations on these three choices, the School Committee voted to eliminate the Fowler guidance position to balance the budget.  

2. It was stated that as the administration is always looking for budgetary efficiency.  If additional funding is identified, it will be allocated to bring back the guidance position.

Every year the discussions on priorities are difficult.  This year's budgetary discussions are more complicated by the fact that 8 full time positions need to be laid off.  The 8 full time staff we currently employ are outstanding teachers that we do not want to leave our district.  However we have an obligation to act with fairness and equity for all staff.

Graduation Balloon sale!

Graduation of the class of 2016 is right around the corner, and you can congratulate any senior on this great milestone by purchasing a fabulous orange Mylar balloon in the shape of a star with the “Class of 2016” written on them. We will place them on the house of the designated senior on June 10th! They are only $5 for the first balloon and $4 for each additional balloon ordered. You can order them by emailing the name of the senior to odoktorov@maynard.k12.ma.us . All orders must be submitted and paid in full via a check payable to MHS Class of 2018 or cash brought to the main office by May 27th.

Summer Cookbook Club

The Friends of the Maynard Public Library are joining the cookbook club trend with a twist; it will be in conjunction with the Maynard Farmers' Market.  Four cookbooks have been selected to encourage using in-season, locally raised ingredients.  You make a recipe from the current month's cookbook and bring it to the potluck.  We will taste the dishes and share opinions about the book and what we made.  Meetings will be held at 12pm on the second Monday of each month from June to Sept.  The series kicks off June 13 with Simply in Season by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert.  Copies of the book are on display in the library lobby and available for checkout. 

The other books in the series are July 11 - Cooking from the Farmers' Market from Williams Sonoma, Aug 8. - Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers, and Sept. 12 - The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook: Eating Well for Better Health All are welcome, but please register at the library's Reference Desk or call 978-897-1010 x103 so we know how many chairs to provide.

Maynard Street Improvement Community Workshop

Join staff from the Town of Maynard and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council On Thursday, May 26 between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm in the Maynard Library Board of Trustees Room.  There will be refreshments and discussions about ways to improve Maynard's streets for pedestrians and  bicyclists.  Please RSVP to Bnemser@townofmaynard.net or (978) 897-1302

Important Events and Reminders:    
In an effort to streamline the Superintendent’s Notes, I will provide important upcoming events or announcements that have already been posted in previous Superintendent’s Notes in this section.

SEPAC Ice Cream Social

The Maynard SEPAC Ice Cream Social will be held on Tuesday, June 7th
from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fowler School cafeteria. All students
receiving Special Education services in Maynard and their families are
invited to attend. This popular event will have lots of crafts,
activities, and fun! This event is free and open to the whole family
of students receiving Special Education services in Maynard. Please
contact Jessica O'Toole with any questions or to RSVP at
sepacsec@maynard.k12.ma.us or 978-897-0650.

Baseline Concussion Testing – No Fee!

Emerson Hospital and Maynard High School are pleased to offer baseline concussion testing for Maynard High School students.  Through a generous grant from the Emerson Women's Auxiliary, the tests are for all students free of charge this school year.  For more information about the concussion center use the following link:  https://www.emersonhospital.org/MedServicesAndCenters/Centers/Cantu.aspx

These tests create a cognitive and functional baseline for individuals that serve as a reference point when determining if your student has sustained a concussion and needs to be referred to a doctor.  Appointments for this free baseline concussion testing are available to all high school students and will be scheduled after school on May 31stJune 1st, or June 2nd upon parental request.  The tests will be conducted after school at Fowler Middle School in the computer labs. 
To make an appointment for your student use the following link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KZ04bR6ZrYIk6vR3tgD-Q60isaY7UwD1lKKbht8x_qg/viewform?c=0&w=1

PMC Kids Bike Ride 

The 4th Annual Acton-Boxborough-Maynard PMC KIDS Bike Ride will take place on June 5, 2016 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at NARA Park in Acton. PMC KIDS Bike Rides became an official PMC program in 2005 as a way to include young cyclists in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenges mission of raising money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. These rides enable children between the ages of 3 and 13 to ride their bikes and solicit sponsors to donate money to cancer research. 100% of all money raised at this event and by the children will go directly to Dana Farber via the PMC. The event will include the ride, lunch, multiple kid’s activities, raffles and silent auction! Ride details, rider and volunteer registration can be found at: http://www.kids.pmc.org/Acton-Boxboro.aspx.  You can also email PMCKidsAB@gmail.com with any questions. Or visit us on our PMC Kids Ride - Acton Boxboro Maynard Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 

A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed

Please join us for the very informative and important presentation by F. George Herring, A Parent's Guide to Waging War on Drugs: Forewarned is Forearmed.  Herring is a case investigator, for the Fatal Overdose Narcotics Bureau in Long Island, New York.  The presentation will aim to provide information about the current drug culture, help recognize signs of abuse and provide practical advice for the unfortunate event you discover a member of your household has an addiction problem. 

Date: Tuesday May 24th
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Maynard High School Auditorium. 

School Pesticide Notification

This notification is being sent to you in conformance with the Children’s & Families Protection Act (Chapter 85 of the Acts of 2000).  The Act requires we notify you when pesticides are applied on the outside of public and private schools, day care centers and school age child care programs.

We are having Fowler School, 3 Tiger Drive and Green Meadow Elementary School, 5 Tiger Drive,  treated with the Sentricon Termite Baiting System in response to the presence of termites.  We selected this treatment method to reduce risk and hazard to our student population and staff.  At various times during the course of the year, the Waltham Services Company may remove monitoring devices placed below ground in plastic holding stations and replace them with baits lethal to termites.  The pesticide bait is non-volatile and not accessible or visible from above.

Please feel free to call me at the Business Office at 978-897-8251, Mr. Mela, principal at Fowler School at 978-897-6700 or Mrs. Dankner, principal at Green Meadow at 978-897-8246 should you have questions.

Website:  www.mass.gov/agr, then follow the links to the Children’s Protection page

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