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SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at recent Wilmington School Committee Meetings:#1) WILMINGTON HIGH HANDBOOK CHANGES: WHS Principal Linda Peters presented several changes to the high school handbook. “There’s not a lot of changes, but some major ones.” Peters changed the deadlines to complete community service hours — seniors must submit their paperwork by the first Friday in April; underclassmen have until the last Friday in April. … Peters clarified that students afforded due process for all investigations, not just suspensions. … Peters updated the school’s bullying policies to match the district’s new bullying prevention and intervention plan … Peters revised the school’s appeals process for academic eligibility. The school will have a mid-quarter notification to students and parents if they’re in danger of possibly not being eligible for athletics or after-school activities at the end of the quarter. A team will be formed to come up with a success plan. A student can now appeal an eligibility ruling if they meet all the provisions set forth in the success plan. MIAA eligibility requirements, however, cannot be appealed. The School Committee held off on formally accepting the new handbook until language involving a new vaping policy is finalized.#2) SCHOOL COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: The School Committee set its subcommittees until the next Town Election. Steve Bjork, David Ragsdale, and Jen Bryson, with MJ Byrnes as an alternate, will serve on the Policy Subcommittee. Steve Bjork and Jo Newhouse will serve on the Sick Bank Committee. Jen Bryson, Jo Newhouse, and Jay Samaha will serve on the Superintendent Evaluation Committee. Jesse Fennelly will serve as the representative to the Wilmington Educational Foundation. MJ Byrnes will serve as the representative to the district’s Wellness Committee. David Ragsalde, with Jen Bryson as an alternate, will serve as the representative to the Wilmington SEPAC. Jen Bryson will serve as the Executive Session Minutes Committee. MJ Byrnes and Jesse Fennelly will serve as the Committee’s Legislative Representatives. Jen Bryson, MJ Byrnes, and David Ragsdale will serve on the School Committee Handbook Protocol Committee. Jen Bryson, Jay Samaha, and Jo Newhouse, with MJ Byrnes as an alternate, will serve on the School Committee-Family Relations Committee.#3) MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand proposed expanding the school committee’s student representative program with theaddition of a Middle School student representative. The School Committee expressed support for the idea. “The more we can get students involved, the better,” said School Committee Vice Chair Steve Bjork. #4) COSTA RICA FIELD TRIP APPROVED: The Wilmington School Committee approved a WHS World Languages Field Trip to Costa Rica, during April vacation 2020. A maximum of 20 students will be attending. Students will be fully immersed in the Spanish language and culture of Costa Rica; receive first hand experience conducting biological and ecological research and experiments; and participate in environmental service learning projects.#5) SEEM COLLABORATIVE BUDGET: School Committee members receive a copy of the SEEM Collaborative’s FY20 budget. The SEEM Collaborative is an organization formed in 1986 to provide quality education to 11 school districts, including Wilmington, and strengthen existing school programs and services that would otherwise not be accessible or affordable to local districts on their own. The collaborative’s FY20 budget represents a 2.36% increase in expenses and an increase of 2.42% in revenue compared with the FY19 budget. Wilmington currently sends 10 students with an anticipated tuition cost of $410,966 in FY20.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington Middle School Students Welcomed Back To School With Homeroom Changes, New ‘Launch Pad’In “Education”last_img

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