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Parent Update – June 16, 2023

Jun 16, 2023

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This week’s Parent Update will include:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Strategic Planning Update
  • Budget Update
  • Re-envisioning our School Facilities
  • Paraprofessional Training Info Session

UPCOMING EVENTS

There is no school Monday, June 19th in honor of the Juneteenth holiday.

The Greenfield High School softball team plays against Turners Falls in the state championship game this afternoon.  Good luck to the Green Wave!

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 is June 22.  That will be an early dismissal for students and staff, including our students at AEL.  Morning students will attend and our full-day students will have an early release.

STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE

The Strategic Plan was presented to the School Committee on June 14th and was approved.  This plan represents our focus for the next several years and is based on a comprehensive process.  The summary of the process and the final Strategic Plan are being added to the School Committee tab of our website.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the process.

FY24 BUDGET UPDATE

The School Committee voted on a final version of the FY24 budget.  This budget reflects the staff, programs, and other resources that we will use to plan for the start of the upcoming school year.  A copy of the final budget will be available on the district website on the front page under Budget.  A recording of the meeting is also available on the GCTV website for those of you who would like to hear the full discussion about the budget.  Some items of note in the final budget include, but are not limited to: included funding for Strings for Kids, including funding through grants for field trips and extracurricular activities, and funding for middle school sports.

RE-ENVISIONING OUR SCHOOL FACILITIES

The process of reviewing how we utilize our school facilities has not been forgotten!  A survey is out to the staff to get feedback on the two primary options under discussion.  Once the survey is closed, a subcommittee meeting will be scheduled to review the information.

As a review, please see a very brief summary of these two options:

Option 1 – have elementary schools done by grade band – a K-1 school; a grade 2-3 school and a grade 4-5 school.  This would allow grade 5 to move to elementary and grade 8 to move to GMS.

Option 2B – would keep neighborhood schools but would rearrange the boundaries to better reflect the makeup of the city. This would allow three schools made up of grades K – 5 and still allow grade 8 to move to middle school.

PARAPROFESSIONAL TRAINING INFO SESSION

Greenfield Community College is offering an information session about their Paraeducator Training Program starting July 10th.

https://www.gcc.mass.edu/events/para-educator-information-session/

Take care and enjoy the weekend

Christine

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