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Shrewsbury School Committee hears reports from SHS, Coolidge and Sherwood

SL0_2898SHREWSBURY – It was a jam packed agenda awaiting the School Committee this evening, and they held one of their last meetings before the budget season gets into full swing.

Tonight’s agenda kicked off with a dynamic presentation from some wonderfully articulate Sherwood students who regaled the committee with the creative projects they assembled in their enrichment programs.  Baseball cards of famous people, Excell spreadsheets of fantasy football, etc.  All were very articulately explained and warmly welcomed by the committee and the audience.

Coolidge principal Amy Clouter and her staff delivered their school improvement plan for the upcoming year, and reviewed achievement data from the previous testing sessions.  While they have made tangible improvement over the last year, and still far exceed the state averages, there were still some concerns expressed about the disparities that do still exist between the test scores at Coolidge as compared to their cohort group in the other elementary schools in Shrewsbury.  Ms. Clouter gave an excellent presentation and took the committee on a point by point improvement plan designed to address these issues, combined with an ambitious set of goals for the coming year.

SHS principal Brian Reagan discussed the SHS school improvement plan, as well as the proposed curriculum changes for the coming year, which the committee took under consideration, and which will be discussed in more detail at a future meeting.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jay Cummings delivered a report on the charter school enrollment and it’s impact on the district budget.  A study is being commenced which will analyze what we need to do to ultimately retain more of these students in district and hopefully encourage others to return to the Shrewsbury school system and the wonderful program of learning available to them.  District Business Manager Anne Mahan briefed the committee on the budgetary impact of the charter schools and the disadvantageous reimbursement program provided by the state.

As the number of students attended charter or vocational schools from Shrewsbury pushes up to that 300 student mark, the financial impact becomes a very serious one, and one that the Committee is determined to take action on. More to follow in this very important subject soon.

Steve

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