Boxford School Committee Update: June, 2020

 

As school year 2020 comes to a close, the Boxford School Committee would like to offer some updates and acknowledgements. While we approached school year 19/20 wide-eyed and hopeful, we could not have envisioned what “social distancing,” and “remote learning” would eventually mean in the context we have come to understand and appreciate. It is clear to us now, that while we remain physically distant as a community, we have been brought together on a deeper level, as a school and social community. The BSC appreciates the patience and resilience of every family in the district as we navigated so many challenges and changes. While we are still not certain on the specifics of how “school” will look in the fall, it is clear that the adventure of learning will continue. The BSC would like to offer a few updates as we approach the end of this very notable school year.

 

  • In conjunction with the Board of Selectmen, and the Finance Committee, the BSC was asked to make some additional changes to the FY21 budget. At the Public Hearing meeting on 5/14/20, the BSC voted its finalized budget for submission to the town. The FY21 budget will be voted on at Town Meeting in September.

  • The BSC would like to welcome Lisa Salisbury in her new role for next year as Interim Principal of the Cole School! We are grateful to have a leader who is deeply invested in the Cole School community step into this position.

  • We would also like to acknowledge Betsy Boulanger, who effectively embraced the role of Interim Principal at Cole School this year. In a year fraught with unexpected challenges, the BSC is grateful for the leadership Ms. Boulanger provided to our district.

  • It is with great appreciation that the BSC acknowledges Boxford Cable Access Television, for a generous technology grant to Boxford Public Schools. During this time of remote learning, and recognizing technology as a powerful learning tool, BCATv offered a great resource to the community. We are grateful for their generosity.

  • The BSC would like to thank the Ellard Family, and New England Biolabs, for their generous support to allow the 5th grade Science from Scientists program to continue at Spofford Pond.

  • It is with humble gratitude that the BSC acknowledges and appreciates the adaptability, resilience, and hard work of every classroom teacher, our school staff, and administration as we adopted a very sudden, and new way of providing instruction and support to our students and families.

 

As we continue to navigate these changing times, we are proud and grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to support one another. We understand the sacrifices, and additional roles families had to take on, to support their children’s learning. We are all one learning community, adapting and facing these challenges together.

Upcoming Dates

 

  • 6/25: BSC Remote Meeting 7pm-9pm

  • 6/30: Boxford Town Elections

 

**Agendas, Meeting Minutes, and instructions for joining remote meetings can be found here.

 

Boxford School Committee

Carol Hubbard           chubbard@boxfordschools.org

Elizabeth Palmer          epalmer@boxfordschools.org

Renee Schildkraut          rschildkraut@boxfordschools.org

Terri Teleen                     tteleen@boxfordschools.org

Heather Vaz           hvaz@boxfordschools.org