The Bellingham Bulletin January 2011 : Page 19

The Bellingham Bulletin ~ News updates at www.BellinghamBulletin.com • Become a fan on Facebook! January 2011 19 The pool of qualified superintendent candidates is very shallow this year, as Massachusetts Association of School Committees representatives Pat Correira and Michael Gilbert reported at the November 30 School Committee meeting. Corriera noted that the number of retiring superintendents in Massachusetts is much higher than in previous years. She also noted that with budget cuts to many school districts there are far fewer assistant superintendent positions in place. Therefore, there are more districts fighting to attain fewer experienced candidates. The MASC representatives noted that superintendent searches are very expensive and time consuming. They noted that the first step made by any Superintendent Search Committee formed should be to determine if there is a suit-able candidate for promotion among the current Bellingham administrators. Gilbert noted that businesses have programs to groom employees for promotion within a company and that school districts should likewise have a system for train-ing administrators to eventually replace a Superintendent retiring or leaving the district. The School Committee voted to form a Superintendent Search Committee representing various factions of the community: Dr. Ronald Martel from the School Committee; Michael Connor from the Selectmen; parent representatives Edward Featherston, Steven Kohler and alternate Barbara Chambers, all of whom have been active members of the school community; BHS teacher Robert Siciliano; AF-SCME Union representative Darlene Heinricher; school administrator Marijane Hackett; senior citizen Eileen Jundzil; and community-member-at-large Roger Rousselle. School Board Advised to Explore Hiring from Within School Business Manager Debra Page reported that the contract with Vendetti Bus Company was due to expire at the end of the school year. Vendetti has offered to extend the current contract at current rates for the next year and with a minimal increase for the following year. Page noted that although this is not technically a savings, it would mean less of a budget increase for busing than anticipated. Page noted that an extension would allow for the school to transition if it does decide to go to a pay-to-ride bus program because of future budget cuts. She noted that a pay-to-ride program would completely change the busing in town and would take a few years to implement.There would also be a change to the athletic team buses by establishing a minimum charge for close away games such as busing to Franklin, and thereby reducing the mileage rates from $5 per mile to $3 and the driver waiting charge from $50 to $40. Page looked at the transportation charges for the athletic schedule for this past September and estimated that the new plan would have saved over $2,800 for that month alone. At the following School Committee meeting on December 14, School Committee member Stephen Patrick asked Page to look into the cost savings to the town if the middle school and high school late buses were eliminated. He also asked for a breakdown of how many students use this service.The School Committee then voted to extend the bus contract for two years with the stipulation that they can eliminate the late buses if the budget situation warrants it. Technology Director Michael Garofano reported that the schools used the money allocated at the May town meeting to buy over 200 new computers and update each school’s computer labs to ensure that all the schools are using similar computers and software. Now students can transition from school to school with similar technology experience. Garofano also noted that the town-school fiber optic cable project has been completed and tested. The schools will begin to go online one at a time the week of December 27, while the usage is low because of school vacation. This project includes a central storage system where the entire district can store and access data. Curriculum Director Kay Tessier gave an update on professional development and teacher training within the school district. Additionally, she reported that the schools were working on enrichment and remediation blocks built into the school day to either address areas where more work is needed or allow students who can move on to more advanced areas a chance to work together for enrichment. These blocks cover the areas of English Language Arts and Math at the elementary and middle school levels and are a means to address the restructuring status of the schools because of its Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) in the MCAS. written by l ynn S. U lSh Bulletin Reporter d www.thriftywitchconsignment.com BeLLINgHAM MARketPLACe 799 SO. MAIN St/Rte. 126 CONSIGNMENT SHOPPE 508-876-2720 d d GrAdE 5: HiGH HonorS —Brandi Baker, Maria Batista, Rachel Bloom, Jack Bourre, Kathleen Chap-pie, Nicholas Connolly, Lauren Costello, Halle Derouin, Sean Gerrior, Leah Gerrish, Julie Harrison, Derek Houle, Brenden Keaney, Jessica Kelly, Shawna Kenney, Maureen Krysta, Audrey Labonte, Andrew Loberti, Emily Man-cini, Isabella Mancini, Lindsay McNulty, Ganesh Muthu, Tamara Petrov, Casey Remillard, Sophia Syngay, Emily Walden, Hannah Wright; HonorS —Brandon Bolzani, Marissa Carlin, Lyall Chambers, Ashley Champagne, Riley Compton, Samantha Currier, Jaimee Dalton, Erin Fraine, Cali Goldberg, Morgan Haug, Daniel Hoyt, Cameron Hurst, Arley Imbimbo, Dylan Kairit, John LaRose, Julia Littlefield, Anthony Luciani, Cailey MacGregor, Brianna Martins, Gina McCarthy, Nicole Merrill, Wylan Moore, Lyndsay Morse, Peter Nugent, Daisy Partington, William Payne, Roman Petrov, Alyssa Provost, James Reid, Zach-ary Rizzi, Michael Rotgliano, Makenzie Sabourin, Anna Sampson, Lacey Spencer, Taylin Surrette, Nautika Taylor, Julia Thibault, Alexa Venuti, Jared Vitale, Paige Warsing, Shannon Williams GrAdE 6: HiGH HonorS —Matthew Antonelli, Alexander Carr, Jeremy Chamberlain, Michael Fitzgerald, Anna Grady, Meghan Harrington, Bailey James, Julia L’Esperance, Joshua Lafond, David Lynch, Rebecca Maher, Connor Marquez, Emily Michaud, Nicholas Michaud, Kev-in Ricard, Jason Robidoux, George Sailba, William Scanlan, Tatum Schultz, Morgan Shields, Noelle Trail, Erin Umlauf, Lobna Youssef, Ola Youssef; HonorS —Sidney Alarcon, Melissa Alexander, Kyle Baxter, Elizabeth Bebyn, Matthew Biagi, Shawn Bigelow, Tanner Borruso, Shea Boultenhouse, Julia Caddell, Sabrina Christie, Nicole Civitarese, Brianna Collins, Emma Crowley, Matthew Daddario, Christina Dill, Amelia Fadden, Francesca Feola, Surya Gautam, Robert Geromini, Brooke Gillcrist, Matheus Gomes, Sarah BMMS First Quarter Honor Roll Hamjian, Ethan Holmes, Zachary Keeler, Shannon Kelley, Connor Kenney, Jessica Kilduff, Justin L’Esperance, Carly Lemire, Justin Mantegani, Nicole Mardo, Caitlin McManus, Nicholas O’Dell, Gabriela Palazeulos, Franco Polcaro, John Reed, Fraha Sabir, Kaitlin Santana, Joseph Sarno, Nicole Smith, Jared Steinbrecher, Sarah Trudeau, Shaykenia Vitale, Sydney West, Jayda Wilbanks, Sean Williamson. GrAdE 7: HiGH HonorS —Paul Beera, Nicole Bousquet, Jennifer Cecelya, Brianna Chamberlain, Erin Connolly, Anthony Cook, Meghan Cook, Eric Cote, Nicholas Dash, Sarah Edwards, Magdalen Flynn, Steven Haines, Thomas Haines, Nicole Hoyt, Derek Izzo, Neer Jariwala, Andrew Jewers, Jacqueline Masse, Julia Mazzola, Mariah Munro, Kryia Patel, Edward Reinhardt, Emily Ryan, Darius Shubert; HonorS —Brandon Baker, Emily Barry, Nathalia Caminero, Julia Campellone, Elaina Chambers, Jeffrey Charest, Brian Choquet, James Clancy, Jacob Cor-nelius, Ryan Costello, Adam Coutu, Kadie Dickinson, Kylee Dowdy, Craig Eliason, Patrick Henderson, Ethan Janusze-wski, Jordan Kapala, Cassandra Keene, Kaitlyn Killion, Averi Linehan, Hayley MacNeil, Kayleigh Magee, Tyler Murphy, Benjamin Partington, Hunter Partington, Cody Remillard, Jeremy Rubin, Lindsey Russell, Brittney Snow, Bich Ngoc Tran, Katerina Tsiounis, Natalia VanVloten. 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School Board Advised To Explore Hiring From Within

Lynn S. Ulsh

The pool of qualified superintendent candidates is very shallow this year, as Massachusetts Association of School Committees representatives Pat Correira and Michael Gilbert reported at the November 30 School Committee meeting.

Corriera noted that the number of retiring superintendents in Massachusetts is much higher than in previous years. She also noted that with budget cuts to many school districts there are far fewer assistant superintendent positions in place. Therefore, there are more districts fighting to attain fewer experienced candidates.

The MASC representatives noted that superintendent searches are very expensive and time consuming. They noted that the first step made by any Superintendent Search Committee formed should be to determine if there is a suitable candidate for promotion among the current Bellingham administrators. Gilbert noted that businesses have programs to groom employees for promotion within a company and that school districts should likewise have a system for training administrators to eventually replace a Superintendent retiring or leaving the district.

The School Committee voted to form a Superintendent Search Committee representing various factions of the community: Dr. Ronald Martel from the School Committee; Michael Connor from the Selectmen; parent representatives Edward Featherston, Steven Kohler and alternate Barbara Chambers, all of whom have been active members of the school community; BHS teacher Robert Siciliano; AFSCME Union representative Darlene Heinricher; school administrator Marijane Hackett; senior citizen Eileen Jundzil; and community-member-at-large Roger Rousselle.

School Business Manager Debra Page reported that the contract with Vendetti Bus Company was due to expire at the end of the school year. Vendetti has offered to extend the current contract at current rates for the next year and with a minimal increase for the following year. Page noted that although this is not technically a savings, it would mean less of a budget increase for busing than anticipated.

Page noted that an extension would allow for the school to transition if it does decide to go to a pay-to-ride bus program because of future budget cuts. She noted that a pay-to-ride program would completely change the busing in town and would take a few years to implement.There would also be a change to the athletic team buses by establishing a minimum charge for close away games such as busing to Franklin, and thereby reducing the mileage rates from $5 per mile to $3 and the driver waiting charge from $50 to $40. Page looked at the transportation charges for the athletic schedule for this past September and estimated that the new plan would have saved over $2,800 for that month alone.

At the following School Committee meeting on December 14, School Committee member Stephen Patrick asked Page to look into the cost savings to the town if the middle school and high school late buses were eliminated. He also asked for a breakdown of how many students use this service.The School Committee then voted to extend the bus contract for two years with the stipulation that they can eliminate the late buses if the budget situation warrants it.

Technology Director Michael Garofano reported that the schools used the money allocated at the May town meeting to buy over 200 new computers and update each school’s computer labs to ensure that all the schools are using similar Computers and software. Now students can transition from school to school with similar technology experience.

Garofano also noted that the town-school fiber optic cable project has been completed and tested. The schools will begin to go online one at a time the week of December 27, while the usage is low because of school vacation. This project includes a central storage system where the entire district can store and access data.

Curriculum Director Kay Tessier gave an update on professional development and teacher training within the school district. Additionally, she reported that the schools were working on enrichment and remediation blocks built into the school day to either address areas where more work is needed or allow students who can move on to more advanced areas a chance to work together for enrichment. These blocks cover the areas of English Language Arts and Math at the elementary and middle school levels and are a means to address the restructuring status of the schools because of its Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) in the MCAS.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/School+Board+Advised+To+Explore+Hiring+From+Within/603992/57511/article.html.

BMMS First Quarter Honor Roll

Grade 5: High Honors—Brandi Baker, Maria Batista, Rachel Bloom, Jack Bourre, Kathleen Chappie, Nicholas Connolly, Lauren Costello, Halle Derouin, Sean Gerrior, Leah Gerrish, Julie Harrison, Derek Houle, Brenden Keaney, Jessica Kelly, Shawna Kenney, Maureen Krysta, Audrey Labonte, Andrew Loberti, Emily Mancini, Isabella Mancini, Lindsay McNulty, Ganesh Muthu, Tamara Petrov, Casey Remillard, Sophia Syngay, Emily Walden, Hannah Wright; Honors—Brandon Bolzani, Marissa Carlin, Lyall Chambers, Ashley Champagne, Riley Compton, Samantha Currier, Jaimee Dalton, Erin Fraine, Cali Goldberg, Morgan Haug, Daniel Hoyt, Cameron Hurst, Arley Imbimbo, Dylan Kairit, John LaRose, Julia Littlefield, Anthony Luciani, Cailey MacGregor, Brianna Martins, Gina McCarthy, Nicole Merrill, Wylan Moore, Lyndsay Morse, Peter Nugent, Daisy Partington, William Payne, Roman Petrov, Alyssa Provost, James Reid, Zachary Rizzi, Michael Rotgliano, Makenzie Sabourin, Anna Sampson, Lacey Spencer, Taylin Surrette, Nautika Taylor, Julia Thibault, Alexa Venuti, Jared Vitale, Paige Warsing, Shannon Williams

GRADE 6: High Honors—Matthew Antonelli, Alexander Carr, Jeremy Chamberlain, Michael Fitzgerald, Anna Grady, Meghan Harrington, Bailey James, Julia L’Esperance, Joshua Lafond, David Lynch, Rebecca Maher, Connor Marquez, Emily Michaud, Nicholas Michaud, Kevin Ricard, Jason Robidoux, George Sailba, William Scanlan, Tatum Schultz, Morgan Shields, Noelle Trail, Erin Umlauf, Lobna Youssef, Ola Youssef; HonorS—Sidney Alarcon, Melissa Alexander, Kyle Baxter, Elizabeth Bebyn, Matthew Biagi, Shawn Bigelow, Tanner Borruso, Shea Boultenhouse, Julia Caddell, Sabrina Christie, Nicole Civitarese, Brianna Collins, Emma Crowley, Matthew Daddario, Christina Dill, Amelia Fadden, Francesca Feola, Surya Gautam, Robert Geromini, Brooke Gillcrist, Matheus Gomes, Sarah Hamjian, Ethan Holmes, Zachary Keeler, Shannon Kelley, Connor Kenney, Jessica Kilduff, Justin L’Esperance, Carly Lemire, Justin Mantegani, Nicole Mardo, Caitlin McManus, Nicholas O’Dell, Gabriela Palazeulos, Franco Polcaro, John Reed, Fraha Sabir, Kaitlin Santana, Joseph Sarno, Nicole Smith, Jared Steinbrecher, Sarah Trudeau, Shaykenia Vitale, Sydney West, Jayda Wilbanks, Sean Williamson.

Grade 7: High HonorS—Paul Beera, Nicole Bousquet, Jennifer Cecelya, Brianna Chamberlain, Erin Connolly, Anthony Cook, Meghan Cook, Eric Cote, Nicholas Dash, Sarah Edwards, Magdalen Flynn, Steven Haines, Thomas Haines, Nicole Hoyt, Derek Izzo, Neer Jariwala, Andrew Jewers, Jacqueline Masse, Julia Mazzola, Mariah Munro, Kryia Patel, Edward Reinhardt, Emily Ryan, Darius Shubert; Honors—Brandon Baker, Emily Barry, Nathalia Caminero, Julia Campellone, Elaina Chambers, Jeffrey Charest, Brian Choquet, James Clancy, Jacob Cornelius, Ryan Costello, Adam Coutu, Kadie Dickinson, Kylee Dowdy, Craig Eliason, Patrick Henderson, Ethan Januszewski, Jordan Kapala, Cassandra Keene, Kaitlyn Killion, Averi Linehan, Hayley MacNeil, Kayleigh Magee, Tyler Murphy, Benjamin Partington, Hunter Partington, Cody Remillard, Jeremy Rubin, Lindsey Russell, Brittney Snow, Bich Ngoc Tran, Katerina Tsiounis, Natalia VanVloten.

Grade 8: High Honors—Danielle Arcidiacono, Jacob Bouchard, Megan Currier, Raina Malmberg; Honors— Molly Albert, Mikayla Bibbo, Alec Bliss, Sarah Boisvert, Kalvin Cho, Jessica Coates, Katrina Dayaw, Cristina DeOliveira, Jacqueline Doucette, Matthew Forziati, Ariana Fugoso, Sarah Grady, Valerie Higgins, Sarah Kenney, Julianne Kilduff, Kathryn Mancini, Stephanie Mysiuk Bissen, Brian Niro, Payton Nugent, Robert Oliver, Thomas Reid, Nicholas Ruggeri, Kyle Savoie, Akshaye Shah, Connor Silverman, Kayla Spencer, Judy Tran, Jacqueline Traudt, Jacob Vater, Kemba Webson, Suzanne Wright, Allissa Wyant.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/BMMS+First+Quarter+Honor+Roll/603993/57511/article.html.

Enter To Win A Night On The Town!

Enter the Bellingham Bulletin giveaway contest and you could be the lucky winner of a Night on the Town, which includes 4 hours of limousine service courtesy of Destiny Limousine and a $100 gift certificate to your choice of Luciano’s Restaurant in Wrentham or Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Patriot’s Place in Foxboro.

Simply visit our website, www.BellinghamBulletin.com, and click on “Night on the Town.” Complete and submit the entry information and you’re automatically entered to win. Don't wait—the deadline to enter is January 15; winner will be announced in our February issue.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Enter+To+Win+A+Night+On+The+Town%21/603994/57511/article.html.

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