School Committee Votes from 2/28/17 meeting
1. The 2017-2018 calendar was revised to align with teacher contract requirements. Please note that the first day back for teachers will now be Tuesday, September 5th and the first day back for students will be Wednesday, September 6th. This pushes the last day of school to Friday, 6/15/18 (with no snow days).
2. The school committee voted to implement five-day, full-day kindergarten (FDK) in the fall of 2017. The committee also voted to place a question before spring town meeting to ask that the cost for FDK be added to the school department budget to make FDK tuition-free. This request is for one-year bridge funding to start the program. In 2018-2019, Chapter 70 state aid to the town is likely to increase significantly, based on the FDK funding formula that adds funding for FDK students. In the event that town bridge-year funding is not available for 2017-2018, the school committee has approved a maximum FDK tuition of $2,200. A recent school department survey and public comment at school committee meetings both confirm strong levels of support for five-day, full-day kindergarten and the vote to implement FDK represents a very positive step for our students.
Families planning to enroll students in kindergarten for the fall of 2017 are invited to attend a kindergarten information night on March 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at Winchester High School. Registration packets are available at my office, all elementary schools, and via the link posted at the top of this page.
Judith A. Evans, Ed.D., Superintendent