Communication a Top School Goal
School Committee members want the district to do a better job of communicating to parents.
School Committee members say communication is a critical item among Superintendent Lynne Celli’s goals for 2011-12.
On Wednesday, Vice Chairman Larry Beaupre said the committee does not want parents to stand up at committee meetings saying they are not being told about things that are going on at the schools.
“Like tonight,” he said.
He was referring to a parent who was concerned that details were hard to come by after a middle school teacher was placed on administrative leave at the end of the school year.
At an earlier meeting, June 22, several parents stood up and said they were unhappy about changes to the high school music program.
School Committee members were unaware of the changes.
Regarding the middle school situation, the superintendent said school officials were limited in what they could say because the matter was under investigation.
Regarding the music changes at the high school, the superintendent said at the June meeting that the changes were in flux and administrators were hopeful until the last minute that the situation could be resolved.
In any event, School Committee Chairwoman Jackie Kinney said on Thursday that communication must be a top priority.
“We as a district need to be more proactive about communicating things,” Kinney said. “We have to be better about being out in front of things.”