Category: Schools

School Committee to Meet on Monday, January 27th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, January 27th at 5:30 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street, for a Special Meeting – Open Meetings Law Training. The Committee will then meet for it’s regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210. The agenda includes the following:

  • Superintendent’s Report
  • Public Comment period
  • Discussion/Updates
    • Enrollment Planning and Class Size Report – See Report
    • Literature and Diversity Update – See Update
  • Consent Agenda
  • Preview – System-wide and Superintendent Goals and 1:1 Chromebooks
  • Communications
  • Adjourn

Joint Meeting of the City Council and School Committee – Wednesday, January 15th

The City Council and the School Committee will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, January 15th, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation: Overview of School Building Conditions and Enrollment Trends
  • Update on current major projects: NECP and Lincoln-Eliot and other smaller school additions (Oak Hill and possibly Horace Mann)
  • Discussion: the next 5+ years of NPS projects to provide 21st Century Learning Environments for all of Newton’s students
  • Next Steps

School Committee to Meet on Monday, January 13th and again, with the City Council, on Wednesday, January 15th

The School Committee will hold its regularly scheduled meet on Monday, January 13th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to order and vote to move into Executive Session and convene in Room 304 for the purpose of conducting strategy sessions in preparation of contract negotiations for non-union personnel – Superintendent – 5:00 p.m.
  • Remain in Room 304 for Training Session with Khita Pottinger-Johnson and Beth Fitzmaurice – 6:00 p.m.
  • Re-convene in Open Session with public comment in Room 210 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Superintendent’s Report
  • Public Comment
  • Newton Schools Foundation Update and Vote to Accept Donation – See NSF Grant Memo
  • Discussions/Updates
  • Consent Agenda
  • Preview: Enrollment Planning & Class Size Report
  • Communications

Joint Meeting: The City Council and the School Committee will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, January 15th, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation: Overview of School Building Conditions and Enrollment Trends
  • Update on current major projects: NECP and Lincoln-Eliot and other smaller school additions (Oak Hill and possibly Horace Mann)
  • Discussion: the next 5+ years of NPS projects to provide 21st Century Learning Environments for all of Newton’s students
  • Next Steps

Special Education Parent Advisory Council to Meet on January 15th – Special Presentation

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will meet on January 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 210, at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. There will be a special presentation and discussion about Basic Rights in Special Education with Tim Sindelar, Newton Attorney specializing in representing children and adults with disabilities. See the agenda for more information.

School Committee to Meet on Wednesday, December 4th

The School Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. According to the agenda, the Committee will go into Executive Session and move to Room 310 to discuss strategy related to Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teacher’s Association, and the Custodians, and non-aligned personnel pay increases.

The Committee will then re-convene in Open Session for it’s regular meeting in Room 210 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation of gift from the Newton Chinese Language School
  • Superintendent’s Report
  • Public Comment
  • Discussion/Updates:
    • High School Principals Update – See Memo
  • Consent Agenda
    • Discussion and Vote to Approve the 2020-2021 School Calendar
    • Discussion and Vote to Approve the Draft 11-18-2019 Minutes
    • Discussion and Vote to Approve the Payroll/Contract/Warrant Signature Authorizations – See Memo
    • Discussion and Vote to Approve Joyce Leonardo as School Committee Representative to Newton Community Ed – See Resume
  • Preview: Sustainability
  • Communications

School Committee to Meet on Monday, November 18th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, November 18th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. It is expected that the Committee will vote to go into Executive Session to discuss strategy in preparation for Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teacher’s Association and Custodians. At 6:00 p.m., it is anticipated that the Committee will vote to go into Open Session and return to Room 210 for the School Committee Caucus which will be chaired by the Mayor.

At 7:00 p.m., the current Chair will convene the regularly scheduled meeting. The agenda includes the following:

School Committee to Meet on Monday, November 4th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, November 4th beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The agenda states that the Committee will convene in Room 210 and vote to move into Executive Session and convene in Room 304 to discuss strategy in preparation for Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association and Custodians and to discuss the proposed FY20 CBA and NESA September 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

The Committee will then vote to move out of Executive Session and reconvene in Open Session and conduct their regular meeting. The agenda includes the following:

  • Superintendent’s Report: Presentation of the Blumer Book Awards – see Memo
  • Regular Public Comment Period
  • Updates:
    • Horace Mann – see Memo
    • Literacy and Diversity in Book Choices – See Diversity in Literature Report (postponed)
    • Equity Working Group – see Report
  • Consent Agenda
  • Preview Budget
  • Communications