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2006-10-24: 11/20 forum, new HSBC members, Claypit Hill Principal search, more
This newsletter contains information on:

1. General public forum on the Wayland Public Schools set for November 20
2. New Appointments to the High School Building Committee
3. Claypit Hill Principal search
4. Synthetic turf field
5. Long-Range Strategic Planning update

The Committee welcomes community input by phone, email, letter,
and attendance at public meetings and forums (schedule).


1. General public forum on the Wayland Public Schools set for November 20
The School Committee will make a brief presentation on general issues facing the schools this year and into the future. The presentation will be followed by an extended comment, question, and answer period.
Location: Large Hearing Room, Wayland Town Building
Time: 7:30pm


2. New Appointments to the High School Building Committee
Four new residents were appointed to the High School Building Committee (HSBC): Fred Knight, David Lash, Jennifer Steel, and Karen Talentino. These new members bring a diversity of expertise, opinions, and approaches to this process, together with demonstrated experience with problem solving and consensus building and an open mind.

3. Claypit Hill Principal search
The Wayland Public Schools is currently conducting a search for the Principal position at the Claypit Hill School. Six focus groups with teachers and parents took place during the week of October 16th. In addition, three different interviewing committees were formed, composed of district staff, Claypit Hill parents and other interested community residents and the district administrators.
http://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/district/district_info/departments/superintendent/letter_ch_parent_sept06.pdf

4. Synthetic turf field
The School Committee supports the proposal to install synthetic turf on the High School stadium playing field, benefiting our student and community athletes with increasing field usage and giving other school and town playing fields time to “rest,” thereby improving their quality.

5. Long-Range Strategic Planning update
As part of its long-range strategic planning initiative, efforts have focused principally on the first of the three strategic questions the School Committee selected: what should the district’s mission, goals and priorities be going forward? Interviews on this question have been held with school leadership and a range of community stakeholders. Initial benchmarking has also been conducted. At its last meeting, the School Committee agreed to move forward with this process by first compiling a list of prioritized goals for the district and then selecting a subset to focus on during the remainder of the year. These goals will be brought before the public at the forum scheduled for November 20th.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 6th.

Thank you for your attention,
Wayland School Committee
www.waylandschoolcommittee.org



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