Strategic Plan Working Group Update
Our Strategic Plan Working Group had its initial meeting on November 15th. During this session, the group heard from John D’Auria, Ed.D., who is a former teacher, school counselor and superintendent and is now a professor at William James University. Dr. D’Auria spoke to our Working Group about the importance of developing a culture of mutual learning in schools. In schools that have a culture of mutual learning, adult learning goes hand-in-hand with student learning. Dr. D’Auria’s remarks gave us some key principles on how to develop this culture of mutual learning at Masconomet and set the tone for the Working Group’s meetings for the rest of the school year.
Schedule Task Force Update
The Pilot Schedule Task Force met on November 14th to begin to review the data from our staff and student survey. The Task Force divided into middle and high school focus groups to analyze the responses from their respective schools. The Schedule Task Force will be meeting again on Friday, December 2nd to continue this work.
Operational Services Division Recommending 14% Increase for Out of District Tuitions for FY24
We’ve received notice from the Massachusetts Operational Services Division, which is the state office that sets tuition rates for approved out-of-district special education programs to expect a 14% rate increase for these programs for FY24. This is compared to increases in the past few fiscal years that were around 2%. Programs that provide special education services are not immune to the same cost increases that we’re seeing in our district operations. These programs are also facing a shortage of qualified workers. Unfortunately, this increase will have a direct impact on our FY24 budget as any reimbursement from the state’s special education circuit-breaker for these tuition increases will not be realized until FY25. The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) is currently working with the state legislature to see if it is possible to provide districts with more immediate relief in the state’s FY24 budget.
National Honor Society Induction
Congratulations to the 84 Masconomet Regional High School Students who were inducted into the New Meadows Chapter of the National Honor Society on November 29th. Students are nominated for induction into NHS and reviewed by a faculty committee on their qualities of “scholarship,” “leadership,” “character,” and “service.”
Upcoming School Events:
|High School||Middle School|
|December 13, HS Band Concert, 7 PM|
December 15, Senior Snowball, 6 PM
December 20, HS Choral Concert, 7 PM
|December 1, Trimester 2 Begins|
December 15, MS Winter Band Concert, 7 PM
For a full listing of School Events, please see the Masconomet Website.