School Committee hears start time and schedule updates on June 10

At its meeting on June 10, 2019, the School Committee heard the following reports:

  • Toby Romer, assistant superintendent of secondary education, presented a school start time, schedule, and transportation update. Three options were presented for possible shifts to the start time, with a goal set of implementing a new start time by the fall of 2020. Steps to get there include community input and negotiating a successful contract with the Newton Teachers Association. The start time presentation outlined the three options. For a deeper dive, please see the full transportation report on the School Committee website.
  • Liam Hurley, assistant superintendent of finance, and Josh Morse, Newton's public buildings commissioner, presented a facilities update focused on the Newton Early Childhood Program building. Initial cost estimates are over budget, so they are exploring options to reduce costs. One key cost is the two classrooms planned to be constructed by infilling the gym. An exterior addition will now be considered. It was noted that none of these changes will affect the plan to have air conditioning, a separate van drop-off loop, and an appropriate playground.
  • Newton Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) co-chairs Christine Carey and Rajeev Parlikar presented an end-of-year report. They also referenced a more detailed report, which covered broad themes, success, and areas of improvement.
  • The NPS administrative team gathered to share several year-end reports, including the superintendent's goals and systemwide goals. The School Committee will discuss these in greater detail at the next scheduled meeting.