Board of Education Meeting - February 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm at WMS.
Dr. McKersie thanked the PTOs for their contributions towards the pixellot cameras used to live stream school sports and events.
Dr. McKersie discussed the safety and security memorandum distributed to families on February 19th.
The structural, technological and Personnel areas of this memo were discussed at length. He emphasized:
cameras are in place in and around the schools
SRO at the High School
a police officer is on the mile of safety during school hours
the regional Cyber Crimes unit is in the central office building – meaning additional police officers on campus
Police Department is adjacent to WPS campus, ensuring fast response times
The recent budget proposes increased funding for an additional social worker and other behavioral and emotional support staff.
Weston Police Chief Henion and Captain Brodacki spoke about school security.They emphasized that officers take part in active shooter training in the schools during summer break and officers have developed relationships with students and community members to identify and assist individuals in crisis.
The remote solar energy farming initiative was discussed.The Board decided on a fixed rate. The First Selectman recommendedthe allocation of the 1st megawatt of energy credits will go towards WHS and WMS. The BOE accepted his offer
Dr. Craw presented the Next Generation Accountability System Report, which is a report card for the school district.Weston had a strong showing in the state and its DRG, although the district's overall performance did go down. Areas of improvement include shrinking the achievement gap between non-high needs and high needs students and absenteeism.Dr. Craw emphasized that overall the report was positive with high ACT, SAT and AP scores as well as high graduation rates.
The next BOE meeting will be March 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm at WMS.
The 2018 -2019 WestonSchool Budget process is about to begin. It is very important for parents to get involved in this process by attending meetings and letting your voice be heard. The budget will be presented in the Middle School library. The important dates are:
·Budget Presentation – January 16, 2018 at at WMS
·Recommended Operating and Capital Budget Posted on WPS Website January 17, 2018
·Budget Q&A – January 18, 2018 at at WMS
·Optional Budget Q&A (before the regular BOE meeting) -- January 22, 2018 at at WMS
·BOE Vote on FY 2019 Budget Request January 24, 2018, WMS
Dr. McKersie will be giving an overview of this budget on January 19, 2018 @ 9:15 am – 10:45 am in the WIS Cafeteria. This is open to all parents and is a great opportunity to ask Dr. McKersie your questions directly.
Click Here to read Dr. McKersie’s overview of the budget process
Additional dates to be aware of are:
February 6, 2018: Board of Selectmen reviews FY 2019 Budget Request (7:30 pm, Town Hall)
March 7, 2018: Board of Finance reviews FY 2019 Budget Request (7:30 pm, Town Hall)
March 27, 2018: Board of Finance Public Hearing (8:00 pm, WMS Library Media Center)
April 3, 2018: Board of Finance Budget Deliberation Meeting (7:30 pm, Town Hall)
April 18, 2018: Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM) (8:00 pm, WHS Auditorium)
April 26, 2018: Proposed Referendum
November 20thBoard of Education meeting
After a contentious discussion, the Board of Education elected Gina Albert as the Board Chairperson with Ellen Uzenoff as the Board Vice-Chairperson.
Welcome to Samantha Nestor and Anthony Pesco the newest members of the Board.
The Weston 2018 Teacher of the Year was awarded to Stacey Greenberg, Weston High School science teacher. Congratulations!
The next meeting will be December 18 @ 7:30 WMS LLC
Board of Education Meeting 10/00/2017
The Weston Board of Education recognized Denise Harvey for eight years of outstanding service to the students, families, and staff of Weston Public Schools
The Board welcomed new Police Chief Ed Henion to town.Chief Henion emphasized open communication with the schools.
The Board approved a new High School course for the 2018-2019 School Year:Honors Science Research, which is an independent study. A lab is being outfitted now by the Weston Education Foundation to support this course.
Changing school start/end times discussion: The August 2017 BOE - Superintendent Retreat included a conversation about the possibility of changing school start and end times in Weston. The consensus reached is that altering school start/end times is challenging, but worth exploring in light of Weston’s goal of creating Healthy Learning Environments for students.
Dr. McKersie presented a report relevant to modifying the start and end times of the school day. School start time study
·The science and medical data support a later start time for older students
·there are significant logistical concerns: athletic schedules, bus schedules, traffic impact; budgetary considerations.
·The Board decided to look into the issue further before deciding how to proceed.
Dr. Craw presented the annual Gauging Student Progress Report. He emphasized that no single measure defines a student’s performance. The report focused on math, science, reading and writing.
Highlights of the report include:
·students’ ACT scores in every subject were the highest in Weston history
·kindergarten DRA levels are high
·writing mechanics and math fluency need to improve.
The Budget calendar has been set. For details click here.
The next Board meeting will be Monday, November 20, at in the WMS Library
Board of Education Meeting 9/18/2017
Dr. McKersie and Lisa Deorio, Principal of Weston High School, opened the meeting by congratulating the four 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semi Finalists - Lindsay Kunhardt, Ellen Relac, Matthew Sydney, and Timothy Troxell. This honor reflects their exceptional scores on the PSAT tests.
The Board of Education and Dr. McKersie thanked the Weston Education Foundation for their generous donation to launch a Science Research Program.The grant, in the amount of $8,750, will provide for an Expert-in-Residence to develop the Science Research Program at Weston High School, which the District intends to develop for implementation in 2018-2019.
Mr. Mike Zuba, from Malone and MacBroom, presented an enrollment study for Weston.Mr. Zuba reviewed birth cohorts over the past 15 years. Birth rates have decreased throughout the 2000's. Mr Zuba reviewed the housing sales over the past 19 years. Housing sales have not fluctuated widely over the past number of years. The market is driven by quality of schools and education.An extensive birth analysis was completed which showed the birth vs. K In-Migration over the past 15 years.
The Drug and Alcohol Task Force: On October 26th at 7:00in the Middle School LLC, the results of the Drug and Alcohol Survey will be shared with families.Last spring a survey was sent out to students and parents for 7-12 th graders.Please join Dan Doak, Lisa Deorio and Joe Mogollon (SRO) as they present the results.
Next Meeting is October 2nd at 7:30 in the WMS LLS.
Board of Education report August 2017
Next meeting is September 18th in the WMS LLC @ 7:30.
Effective School Solutions Update
·ESS provides high quality and cost-effective in-district clinical services for our students with emotional and behavioral needs -this service helps Weston to keep more student in our district rather than having to our source their educational needs.
·The BOE renewed the contract for the 2017-2018 school year
·The cost was $275,000 for the school year
Drug and Alcohol Initiative
·Panel getting organized now
·Dan Doak is on the panel and will update us as things progress
·There will be an evening presentation for both high school and middle school parents this fall