Margaret Raymond Driscoll is a nine-year Melrose School Committee member who is passionate about excellent teaching and learning for all public school students, and considers it a privilege to collaborate with others who share that passion. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MargaretDrisc. Just to be clear - opinions expressed here do not represent those of the Melrose Public Schools, the Melrose School Committee, or the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials - they are hers alone.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

School Committee Meeting: 6/18/13

We have almost made it to the finish line and our last meeting of the school year was last night. The first thing we did was celebrate the contributions of three retiring MVMMS teachers: Mr. Greer (Tech. Ed.), Ms. Iagulli (Special Education), and Ms. Ahern (Science). Thanks to you all for the amazing work you have done with students!

Supt. Taymore explained that the technology planned for the new science labs will come in under budget, allowing for an unexpected opportunity to perform work that was planned for two-three years from now including: expanding wireless capacity (not only in the science wing but in some other locations in the HS); expanding the wireless to 10GB; upgrading the core switch at the HS; and segregating the MS and HS networks from the city server (increasing speed). These improvements will allow for some additional bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs including using cell phones during instruction in a focused way.

We added some policies on non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all (students and staff included) in order to be clear about our intent as a school district prior to hiring new staff for the fall. These policies are in sync with Melrose’s “One Community Open to All” approach and declare that we will not tolerate discrimination or unequal hiring/education.

Beginning in July, we will take a systemic approach to revising the district’s Policy Manual. The Manual is the primary way the School Committee sets expectations and provides guidance to the superintendent about how we expect the district to operate. We hope you will follow this process and let us know what you think.

As you know, every year we evaluate the superintendent, and this year’s process will occur in our two July meetings. In August, Supt. Taymore will set her goals for the coming school year.

For more info, please check out the IQM2 portal on the School Committee page of the melroseschools.com web site.

Thank you, thank you, for all you have done and all you continue to do for our students!!