June 17, 2014
Dear Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members,
We are the only business that opens every year and closes every year, and here we are again ending another school year.
The BHS graduation ceremony was held on June 6 at the Bowdoin College Watson Ice Arena.
A wonderful time was had by all that participated. At each graduation I’m always impressed by what the students have to say and this year was no exception.
The School Board has had a very busy year, culminating in the decision to place the fifth grade students at Brunswick Junior High School for the 2015-2016 school year. This will bring the HBS student population down to levels originally sought when the building was designed. As a result of that decision, the Facilities Master Plan has been paused so that a review of the timeline and priorities may take place. PDT will be coming back to the School Board after reviewing their past work on the redesign of both buildings. They also were asked to decrease the design of a new school to incorporate a PreK-Grade 1 model. Please keep an eye out for the next Facilities Committee meeting once the work is complete. We will post it on our website as well as the Times-Record.
During the next school year we will be working on policy, report cards, proficiency, diplomas, curriculum, and state assessment results related to the adoption of the Common Core Standards now known as the Maine State Standards. As part of this process we will include parents and students in the discussion. During the last week of June, Brunswick has five teams of teachers and administrators going for three days to a seminar to develop the outline of our work. It is also my intent to request of the School Board this fall an extension to 2020 to have this work completed.
The School Board continues to negotiate with RSUS (Pownal and Durham) and West Bath about accepting students on a tuition basis and also providing Central Office services. Should the three towns secede from their current union, they would be required to contract for business manager and office services, special education administration services, and superintendent services. This could mean an increase in revenue starting in the 2015-2016 school year. It could also mean that certain Central Office personnel will be working elsewhere during any given week. The decision to move forward with this possibility probably will not be finalized either way until late this fall.
Last, there will be a Superintendent’s Advisory Committing starting work late this summer on the development of innovative programming that could become opportunities in the future for students and families in Brunswick.
I hope that you all have a relaxing, safe and healthy summer. I’ll see you all in September.