Friday, January 13, 2017

Superintendent's Notes

The Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship

As many of you are aware, Katherine Lalli passed away on Christmas Eve morning in an automobile accident in Lancaster.  Not only was she educated through the Maynard school system, but her family has always been very involved in the Maynard community.  Her parents provide programs through Music Together of Assabet Valley, enjoyed by children in the communities of Maynard, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and beyond.

For those of you who are looking for a way to honor the memory of Katherine Lalli, the Class of 2012 and the MHS Best Buddies Program are creating a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. The scholarship will benefit students who are pursuing a degree in early childhood education or special education, both passions of Katherine's.  Katherine was a graduate of the Maynard High School Class of 2012 and earned an Associate's Degree in early childhood education from Middlesex Community College.  

"Remembered for her compassion and her free spirit, Katherine was very social and had friends everywhere. She had a special gift for connecting with people, young and old, especially those with special needs. She made sure to attend family gatherings, and her father loved working with her in Sudbury, MA, on a program that Katherine developed for autistic children which included music."

Please make checks payable to "Town of Maynard." Include "Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship" on the memo line.

Please mail donations to:
Maynard High School
Katherine K. Lalli Memorial Scholarship
1 Tiger Drive
Maynard, MA 01754
Acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to Katherine's family

"If Only" (A Film About the Opioid Epidemic)

Our nation is currently in the midst of an opioid epidemic. The film, “If Only,” was created to raise awareness of this problem by the Millenium Health and the Wahlberg Youth Foundation, with help from the Recovery Center of America and was filmed in a local Massachusetts town that has been heavily impacted by the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

We are inviting everyone in our community to attend and evening presentation on January 26, 2017.   The presentation will be in the Maynard High School Perfuming Arts Center at 7:00 PM.  After viewing the 32 minute film, we will have a discussion with special guests.  A flyer will be posted on the Maynard Public Schools Website soon.
This event is brought to you by:  Maynard Public Schools,  Maynard Police Department, and the Central Middlesex Police Partnership

"Razia's Ray of Hope" (A Documentary)

Our friends in Lincoln Sudbury will be hosting a viewing of the documentary "Razia’s Ray of Hope" on January 31st at 7pm in the Lincoln Sudbury High School Auditorium.  "Razia's Ray of Hope" is a documentary of the story of how a school for girls in Afghanistan was built out of the motivation from the 911 losses.  Here is a link to the foundation:

The film surrounds the organization of the Razia’s Ray of Hope foundation that embraces and promotes education as the key to positive, peaceful change for current and future generations, empowering girls and young women to work toward bright futures in their own villages and beyond. The school has become a celebrated symbol of progress and the advancement of women and is the pride of the conservative community it is located in. The film tells the incredible story of this school.

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.

Snow Days /Delayed Openings/Early Emergency Dismissals

The forecast for this weekend may include some snow.  Inevitably, school cancellations are a reality in New England.  To prepare for the potential of a school cancellation due to inclement weather, I wanted to share the process on this blog for students and parents.

School Closing 
In the event that school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather or any other reason, the Maynard Public Schools will provide notice for parents and students via the following:

1. An automated phone call to each home between 6:00-6:30 a.m. or in rare instances, the evening before. This phone call is based on the home phone number provided on the student‘s emergency contacts form filled out at the beginning of the year and the phone numbers in iParent. Parents need to be sure their child‘s school has the correct phone and email contact information.

2. Traditional television and radio Media.  We use only WBZ TV – Channel 4 and Radio 1030AM (WBZ) 44.  They also post this information on their website at:


3.  New for this year!  I will be tweeting school cancellations on @MaynardSchools

Please do not call the Fire or Police Department for School Information. DO NOT CALL "911".

Delayed Opening
In the event of a delayed opening, school will open two (2) hours after the regular starting time. School will be dismissed at the usual time on delayed opening days. If there is a delayed opening, no breakfast will be served on those days. Occasionally a delayed opening will be later revised to a no school announcement if conditions worsen. Please stay tuned to the TV or radio for a possible cancellation notice after a delayed opening announcement.

Early Emergency Dismissal
In the event that an emergency early dismissal is required, the Maynard Public Schools will make every effort to contact parents via a mass notification through iPass including automated phone calls and emails.

Budget Timelines

At our last school committee meeting a parent suggested that we share the time lines in regard to the budget process.  The School Committee reviews budgetary concerns at almost every meeting.  

The next two school committee meetings will have presentations from the principals, school councils members and curriculum director in regard to the FY18 budget proposal.   These discussions and decisions will be made at the next two school committee meetings on December 1, 2016 and December 15, 2016.

We were also asked to share the Town budget time lines.  The Town Budget Timeline is as follows:

January 3, 2017          
Department Budgets Due to the Town Administrator

Jan - Feb         
Town Administration meets with Department Heads to discus FY18 Budget

February 11, 2017      
FY 18 Joint Budget Meeting (including the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, the School Committee, and all Town Administration) at the Maynard Public Library.

Feb - March
Finance Committee meets with each town department (including Police, Fire, DPW, Library, Schools, and General Government)

March 21, 2017
FY18 Budget Document finalized and adopted by Board of Selectmen

May 5, 2017
Town Meeting

All of these meetings are posted and open to the public as well.

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