This week’s Parent Update will include:
- Upcoming Events
- Tiered Focused Monitoring Information
- FY24 Budget
The week of May 8 – 12th is Teacher Appreciation Week – this also includes School Nurse Appreciation Day. All of the educational staff in the Greenfield Public Schools work hard to provide not only a high-quality academic experience for our students but also to support, nurture and encourage all of our students. Please join me in thanking them for all of their time and efforts on behalf of the students in the Greenfield Public Schools!
The Film and Art Festival will be held on Thursday, May 11th 6:30 pm at Greenfield High School. It will feature art from grade 4 students across the district as well as art and films from the middle and high schools. The culinary program at GHS will be providing treats!
Greenfield Community College has a four-week series that features an Introduction to 3D Modeling and Animation and will be taught by one of their adjunct Art faculty! The series is $40 (for four weeks), but if finances are a barrier to participation, GCC staff will work with the individual. The registration link is https://engage.gcc.mass.
Please save the date for our 2023 Summer Eats Kick-Off! It will be held on Thursday, June 22 from 4 – 6 pm at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area. The rain location will be GMS. The Food Service Department will be serving a FREE meal from their new Food Truck, and there will be lawn games, crafts, activities, and resources from community organizations. We hope to see you there!”
The last day of school as of today is June 22. That will be an early dismissal for students and staff.
The School Committee unanimously voted to enter into an employment contract with David Messing as our new Director of Pupil Services, effective July 1. Dave will be stepping into the role upon the hard-earned retirement of Dr. Janet Dickinson, at the end of this school year.
TIERED-FOCUSED MONITORING INFORMATION
The district is engaged with the Department of Education in a monitoring process for our special education and English Language learner programs. Information about this process, including a family orientation meeting, will be posted on the district website. Please check the website throughout the month of May specifically for additional information.
The discussion about the FY24 budget continues at the Ways and Means meetings. Amy Proietti, Andy Paquette and I presented information about the School Budget at the April 24th meeting. A GPS budget subcommittee meeting was also held on Thursday, April 27th and that recording will be available on the GCTV website if anyone would like the detailed information.
As I stated in both of those meetings, the School Committee is currently planning to use about $2 million in grant funding to keep staff positions for next year’s budget. Unfortunately, that grant funding will not be available for the following year – FY25. The current discussion about budget reductions is very challenging but given the current situation, the following year could be even more challenging.
I know families and community members have been advocating with the City Council for more funds for the schools. Once the City Council and Mayor have finalized their budget discussions, the School Committee will need to discuss final decisions about the FY24 budget.
Please reach out with any questions you may have about the school budget.
Take care and enjoy the beautiful weather in store for us this weekend!