Additionally, starting in the fall, Elizabeth Keefe from Lesley University will lead us in a comprehensive study of our special education programs. The study is aimed to help us provide our students with the best education possible while using our resources in the most efficient manner. The study will be completed by the holiday break.
I am happy to inform you that we have completed negotiations with all five bargaining units and will begin the school year with fresh three-year contracts for all parties. Thank you to Anne Davey, Mike Joyce, Doug DeBettencourt, and each bargaining unit’s negotiation team, along with our school committee members who participated in a respectful and productive negotiations process.
At the high school we welcome Ms. Sara Dingledy as our new principal. Sara, of course, replaces Peg Regan who stepped in as Interim Principal last year. Sara comes to us from New York City where she was the founding principal of the Westchester Square Academy in the Bronx.
There is much to do this school year. We will begin the budget building process this fall for all six budgets starting with the Shared Services budget in October. My goal will be to keep the growth of all budgets to a minimum. There is also considerable work to do this year around our school facilities. We have applied for MSBA assistance for the high school and will continue to make the necessary improvements to the building as we formulate a long-term plan. The Tisbury School is currently in the Feasibility Study stage of the MSBA process and will soon be hiring an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) to oversee the project. Moreover, Assistant Superintendent Richie Smith and I will be visiting schools and asking for staff to provide input as we develop a district-wide strategic plan to provide direction as we move forward over the next several years. Additionally, we will continue to work with grade and subject level teams to share instructional strategies around the teaching of writing.
Our first professional development day will be on Wednesday, August 31. This professional development day is for all staff, teachers and ESPs, and will be a building based PD day. Your principal will notify you of the options for that day. Thursday and Friday, September 1st and 2nd, will be our regular teacher preparation days prior to the start of the school year. We will meet as a district for a short meeting on the morning of September 1st at 8:30. Coffee and treats will be available that day starting at 7:45.
I look forward to working together toward another successful school year.
Matthew T. D’Andrea, LP.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. It is hard to believe how fast the summer has passed. I hope you have had ample time to relax and spend with your families.
There have been a few personnel changes to report on at central office. As you all know, Hope MacLeod has become our Director of Student Services at the secondary level, and Nancy Dugan has become our Director of Student Services at the elementary level. Hope and Nancy will work together with our special education staff to oversee our special education programs across the Island. Lauren Zonderman will be working with them as our Coordinator of Shared Service Programs. Lauren is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has extensive experience working with students with special needs.