ABConnector Newsletter                                         April 2016 Edition

Dear Families,

April has come in with a chill as we say goodbye to one of the warmest winters on record.  It is difficult to believe that spring vacation is just around the corner.  I know many are thankful that we didn't have near the number of school cancellations as last year (as am I!).

Two particular areas have been central to the work underway at the district during the past few months:  i) the 2016-17 school year budget, and ii) the ongoing work on our school capital and space study.

i)  2016-17 (FY17) Budget

With the successful vote at Acton's Town Meeting last evening, the School Committee now moves on to the Boxborough Town Meeting in May and, hopefully, another vote of approval for our operating budget.  I am thankful for the tremendous commitment provided to this process by leaders from both towns.  As always, it is a large and complicated budget, but critical to support the services and programs that our students require.  A brief summary of the FY17 budget information that was presented at the Acton Town Meeting can be found here.  

  ii) School Capital and Space Planning

If you have been following the district's budget process during the last two years, you will know that one of our priorities, in conjunction with the School Committee and town leaders, has been the development of a plan for the capital needs of the district.  The goal of this plan is to ensure that we continue to provide educational space that best supports the short- and long-term operation of our schools and classrooms.  

Two additional ways to learn more about the district's school capital and space planning program are by visiting the School Capital and Space Planning page of the district website, and by watching the recently-recorded Community Forum conducted at Douglas School on March 29 by JD Head and myself; this can be viewed by clicking here.  


Yours in education,
 
 
Glenn A. Brand, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
 
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Last Day of School

The last day of school is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2016, which will be a half day for all students.


2016-17 School Calendar

For those looking to plan ahead, you can link to the 2016-17 school calendar, which is posted on our website, here.   


DISTRICT-WIDE CAPITAL PLANNING

Overview of Work To Date

Phase I of the district-wide capital planning study, a review of our existing facilities, was completed with a final presentation to the School Committee in February.  We are now embarking on Phase II of the study:  Educational Visioning and the Development of a Master Plan for district facilities and infrastructure.  

The purpose of Phase II is to define the educational programming and future space needs for the district.  The end goal will be a long term Master Plan for facilities and infrastructure.  The process will include input from groups throughout the school and town communities.  

Two major components of Phase II are the Working Group and the Visioning Team.

The Working Group: a 12-member group, with representatives from the district, the School Committee, and both towns, which is working with 
our consultants, providing input and  feedback to guide the development of the Master Plan.  This group also  serves as a bridge between the  consultants and the Visioning Team. 


The Visioning Team:  a large group, approximately 80 members, drawn from all eight schools, district administration, the School Committee, and residents of both towns.  The team will meet three times; it is charged with creating a "vision" of the district's future, and the facilities and infrastructure that will be required to support that vision.  The first meeting was held on March 18, 2016.  


Next Opportunity for Community Information

The firm Dore & Whittier, the consultants hired to condu ct this capital work and help lead us toward a District Master Plan, will provide a numbers of community information sessions during the coming months.  The next opportunity for members of the Acton and Boxborough communities to come and learn more about the development of this work is scheduled for June 16, 2016.  


Yours in education,
Glenn A. Brand
Superintendent of Schools

Twitter: @SuperABRSD



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