School Committee recaps April 8 meeting

This update is for the 4/8/2019 Newton School Committee meeting:

Superintendent Update:

  • On April 2, NPS held a successful forum on vaping.  
  • On April 10, a newly formed NPS "Vaping Working Group" will hold its first meeting to address this issue among Newton students.
  • On April 4, Understanding Our Differences held another successful annual gala.

New Business

  • EDCO Update - Diana Fisher Gomberg, EDCO Board Vice-Chair, informed the school committee that NPS is currently sending 3 students to EDCO programs.  She also explained that 31 educators participated in professional development courses at EDCO and 86 educators participated in the IDEAS courses (Initiatives for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students). More information about EDCO is available at edcollab.org and the Executive Director's Entry Plan Report.

Consent Agenda

Old Business

  • High School principals Henry Turner and Joel Stembridge were joined by Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Toby Romer to present a  High School Schedule Update  The proposed schedule is a 5-day rotation with 4 long blocks, flexible learning times and longer lunch breaks.
  • CFO Liam Hurley and Transportation Director Regina Moody were joined by Transportation Consultant Rich Labrie to review a Start Time Transportation Plan Update.

Next Meeting

On Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00pm, we will review a Fiscal and Operations Update, Facilities Update and Food Service Contract.  We will also receive an update from the Transportation Steering Group and Equity Working Group.  DESE Student Representative, Maya Matthews, will provide a State Board update.  We will also view a Youth Commission Presentation and discuss a Policy Update (JFABD re: Homeless Students).

You may also be interested in a presentation that was held Wednesday, April 10, at 7pm at City Hall in which the City Council and School Committee heard a demographic report forecasting student enrollment changes resulting from large prospective housing developments. The school budget was also presented to City Council that night.

We hope you found this summary useful. You can access all School Committee meeting documents via the NPS website (www.newton.k12.ma.us/schoolcommittee). Additionally, if you are interested in watching an SC meeting from home or a recorded meeting, you can obtain access via www.newtv.org.

As always, we are very happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us at schoolcommittee@newton.k12.ma.us.