Class Placement Parent Input
Due Thursday, April 16.
Use the optional Placement Form or send your comments via email directly to Rick Rogers at email@example.com.
- The same consideration and care will be given to every child during the placement process, whether or not a placement form is submitted. This form is intended for special circumstances or information you believe the school may not have.
- Requests for specific teachers will not be considered as part of this process.
- These forms will be shared with the placement team during the placement process.
School Budgets: What Do They Mean at Lawrence?
Last week the Superintendent announced five K-8 classroom consolidations (i.e. the number of sections at these grades would be reduced) that would occur around the district in the Non-Override Spending Proposal. At Lawrence, the consolidation would mean 3 sections of Gr. 7 this year would become 2 sections of Gr. 8 next year. Based on current enrollment, class size in eighth grade would be 27/28 next year. I have updated my budget explanation below accordingly with changes shown in red italics.
Each year, the Superintendent develops a school budget proposal with input from educators, town officials and the School Committee. This year’s proposal includes two budgets – one with additional revenue from an override and one without additional revenue from an override. Information about the Superintendent’s proposed budget is available on-line under the “Superintendent’s News” at http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=101&Itemid=329, including his complete budget message and videos from some of the budget forums held in March.
Each year, I try to highlight what the budget proposals mean for Lawrence School. However, I encourage you to review the Superintendent’s complete budget message to understand the complete budget picture across the district.
Lawrence Staffing in Both Override and Non Override Spending Proposals
- Increase of 1.0 FTE (full time equivalent) middle school teachers as Gr. 6 grows to 4 sections. English teacher Peggy Avakian will become the fourth Gr. 6 homeroom teacher.
- Literacy Specialists increase .7 FTE from 3.2 to 3.9 FTE to support our literacy initiative and provide intervention.
- Elementary World Language: .2 FTE increase for enrollment.
- Occupational Therapy .2 FTE increase for enrollment.
Override Spending Proposal
- Because Gr. 6 teachers will no longer be able to teach a section of Gr. 7, we would hire an additional .4 FTE English, .2 FTE Math, .2 FTE Science, and .2 FTE Social Studies to teach Gr. 7.
- Enrichment Challenge Support: Lawrence ECS teacher would increase from .5 to .6 FTE. New program structure recommended by Program Review would be implemented. District-wide coordinator would increase from .6 FTE to full-time.
- Math Specialists to provide coaching, intervention and extension would increase .3 FTE from 1.6 to 1.9 FTE.
- Guidance Counselors would increase .4 FTE from 1.6 to 2.0 FTE.
- Special Education: Inclusion Facilitator would increase from .5 FTE to full-time.
- Technology: Additional funding is planned to support professional learning for teachers and to continue to increase and upgrade our devices. One example at Lawrence would be 3 additional laptop carts in order to have one cart available per grade level. See the Superintendent’s message for additional details about a proposed $726,000 increase.
- Building-based Professional Learning: Schools would receive an increased allocation for school-based professional learning to support school improvement goals, such as our recent habits of mind work and an anticipated new goal to enhance our use of technology.
Non-Override Spending Proposal
- Classroom Consolidation: Five elementary classrooms would be reduced across the district by combining sections at the upper elementary or middle school levels. At Lawrence, the consolidation means that 3 sections of Gr. 7 this year would become 2 sections of Gr. 8 next year. Based on current enrollment class size in eighth grade would be 27/28 next year.
- Enrichment Challenge Support Program would be eliminated, including a loss of .5 FTE ECS teacher at Lawrence.
- METCO Liaison would be reduced from 2 days a week to 1 day a week.
- No increase in Math Specialists, Guidance, or Special Education.
- Technology: District increase would be reduced from $726,000 to $336,000.
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- March 23, 2015March 23 News and Notes
- March 16, 2015Lesson Study: From Japan to Lawrence
- March 16, 2015March 16 News and Notes
- March 9, 2015Superintendent’s Open Forum