Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Parents reading to student program may be expanded.
The Foxborough School Committee met Monday night at the high school's media center. Here's a brief look at the highlights from the meeting. The school committee heard from Dr. Arlene Grubert, the special education director, and Kristin Siddle, who started the iCare program at the elementary schools. The program focuses on introducing children to acceptance through reading and education. The project involves parents reading books to children dealing with subjects such as autism, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifada, Celebral Palsy, blindness, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, asthma and epiliepsy. Anyone interested in reading, can contact the elementary school where their children attends. "Children at every level love to be read to," said Siddle. "(…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Remodeling the Mabelle M. Burrell Elementary School is a top priority within the coming year.
The Foxborough School Committee has made it clear that remodeling the Mabelle M. Burrell Elementary School is a top priority within the coming year. The committee approved submitting a Fiscal Year 2013 Capital Improvement Plan Monday night to the Board of Selectmen. Included in that request was funding $235,000 to complete a Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) feasibility study, which the MSBA requires before allocating its funds to the remodeling/reconstruction of public schools. Overall, the district is requesting $933,750 for improvements: Computer/software upgrades, $168,750; two new school buses, $164,000; four copiers, $56,000, resurfacing the track at the Ahern Middle School, $65,000; a school and municipal network/data …
Monday, February 13, 2012
The agenda for Tuesday's BOS meeting.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Monday's Teaching and Learning Highlight featured the “iPad Pilot Project.”
Thursday, January 12, 2012
At Monday night’s School Committee Meeting the Teaching and Learning Highlight featured the “iPad Pilot Project” that is currently taking place under the direction of Dr. Arlene Grubert, Foxborough Public School’s Director of Special Education. The project seeks to remove barriers for students with disabilities so they can access and participate in their home community with independence and success. Dr. Grubert was joined by teachers Mrs. Renee Muirhead and Karen Chmielinski, 8th grade student Eliza Alden, friend of a student using an iPad, and Mrs. Kathy McLaughlin, parent of a student benefitting from the iPad Pilot Project. The group highlighted the exciting success students are having with particular applications (apps) on the iPad as …
Friday, December 23, 2011
An overview of the school committee's teaching and learning highlights for the week of Dec. 19.
Foxborough High School was in the spotlight at Monday night’s School Committee meeting. The National Honor Society was the focus of the first of two teaching and learning highlights. A total of 57 students were selected by a nine member faculty panel and were honored by being inducted in to the National Honor Society. Students were selected based on their academic accomplishments, a minimum of a 3.4 grade point average, leadership characteristics and community service contributions. Kelsey Evans and Colleen Martin reviewed the criteria for those selected in the largest group to date and spoke of the many initiatives currently taking place by members of the group. Some of the initiatives shared included a recent Community Service Fair …
Foxborough Public Schools Business Administrator Paul Jackson presented the district's preliminary budget during Monday night's school committee meeting.
In order to maintain level services, the Foxborough School District will need $28,100,733 for the 2012-2013 school year. That's an increase of 2.7 percent over the current year's budget, or $740,986. Foxborough Public Schools Business Administrator Paul Jackson presented the district's preliminary budget during Monday night's school committee meeting at Foxborough High School. "With this budget, it maintains the current staffing, classroom sizes, and level-funds supplies and materials," said Debra Spinelli, school district superintendent. Though the funds for materials remains the same, the district's purchasing power has decreased due to the increase in costs, Spinelli said. "There is also one projected retirement, and no projected …
Friday, August 5, 2011
The school committee will undergo training in the state's Open Meeting Law Aug. 29.
The Foxborough school committee will undergo training in the state's Open Meeting Law Aug. 29 under a directive from Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office, the Sun Chronicle is reporting. The Attorney General Martha Coakley's office ruled in late July that the Foxborough School Committee violated the Open Meeting Law by failing to follow proper procedure in entering executive session at its June 21, 2010 meeting. The office ruled that the school committee violated the Open Meeting Law twice when the board allowed former Superintendent Christopher Martes to take both his retirement pension and regular town salary. The committee has been put on notice by the AG's office and members are ordered to attend training on the Open Meeting Law, …