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Parent Update – March 31, 2023

Mar 31, 2023

Home 9 Superintendent Updates 9 Parent Update – March 31, 2023

This week’s Parent Update will include:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Registration
  • Summer Eats Grant
  • Re-envisioning our School Facilities Update
  • FY24 Budget

UPCOMING EVENTS

A Parents’ Rights workshop “Basic Rights – Understanding the IEP” will be provided by the Federation for Children with Special Needs.  The presentation will be through Zoom and the flyer is on the homepage of the Greenfield Public Schools website.

The Greenfield Public Schools will be participating in an upcoming education job fair.  The fair will be held on April 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  If you are interested in a job in education, the flyer is on the Greenfield Public Schools’ website.

The Greenfield Public Schools is having its annual Film and Art Festival on Thursday, May 11th.  We are looking for school-appropriate film submissions from any GPS student ranging anywhere from 30 seconds to 4 minutes. Films may be emailed to Rachel Cronen-Townsend at raccro1@gpsk12.org.  If real people are in your film, please contact Ms. C-T at the below email to get additional information. All films must be submitted by Monday, April 22nd.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. C-T at raccro1@gpsk12.org.

PK – GRADE 12 STUDENT REGISTRATION

Student registration for the 20023-2024 school year has begun for all grades, including preschool through grade 12. We are asking for the families of any incoming kindergarten students to please register for school as soon as possible so we can determine class sizes.

Evening hours will be available by appointment by contacting Andrea DiTullio at 772-1323.

A reminder to families – a birth certificate or other original proof of age, immunizations and proof of residence in Greenfield are required for registration.

SUMMER EATS GRANT

We are pleased to share that our Food Services Department was awarded $12,350 from the state for our Summer Eats program.  Our Food Services staff are working to create a fantastic Summer Eats Kickoff and program.  Stay tuned for more information in the next weeks.

RE-ENVISIONING OUR SCHOOL FACILITIES UPDATE

A subcommittee meeting was held this week to discuss next steps in this process.  Option 1 is still being discussed but there are some transportation challenges to consider.  A new option (2B) was introduced, for which the boundaries for all elementary schools would be redrawn to better represent the community in each school and grade 5 would be moved into the elementary schools.  This option will be investigated further to see if it is a possibility. A review of the Mass School Building Authority process to consider construction or renovations was provided.

After additional information is gathered, any options that remain possible will be shared with staff and families.  This process is ongoing and an update will be provided at the School Committee meeting in April.

The meeting was recorded and is available on the GCTV site for anyone interested.  A summary of the options is available on the home page of the GPS website.

FY24 BUDGET

The School Committee voted to approve the FY24 budget reflecting a 10.35% increase over last year’s request to the City.  The majority of this increase reflects the hard work done by all of the negotiating committees on behalf of our staff and the School Committee.  We are aware there is information being shared on social media but we waiting for the Mayor’s Budget to be published to have official information.

Take care

Christine

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