Fitchburg Supertintendent's Discussion on the State's Foundation Budget

I joined in to Fitchburg State University tonight with fellow councilor Walsh and many other elected officials tonight for the Fitchburg Public SchoolsDiscussion on the State's Foundation Budget in the Community of Fitchburg.
I live tweeted the responses @samsquailia & I will copy the tweet/photos here and post stats below:
**349:490 Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents a gap of 141 teachers needed in Fitchburg Public Schools not able to be afforded due to high Special Ed and Health Insurance spending unaccounted for in the Foundation Budget
**384:504 Leominster has a 120 teacher gap in needed teachers per fndn budget unable to be funded due to high spending needs in health insurance and special education spending Leominster Public Schools
** Gardner Mass Superintendent "Arts & Music & Guidance Counselors often first to be cut from school programming due to limited resources req'd to be spent on Health Insurance and Special Education" "The budget should be driven by the education, but too often the education is driven by the budget" "Students that come from poverty need additional services" "Our largest issue is poverty"
** Lunenburg, MA Public Schools have a $2.3M gap in Special Ed Budget, and a $2.3M gap in Health Insurance budget, requiring cuts in teacher funding, books and other funds
** Winchendon, Massachusetts actual staffing needs for Special Education far exceeds the allotment by the Foundation Budget. Top right graphs.
**"When I see the resources wealthy communities can provide their students, I am's discriminatory what the State is doing" -Mother of 4 in Public Schools
**Call to action: "What that the Commonwealth has a duty to provide an education for all its children, rich and poor, in every city and the public school level, and this duty is serve the interest of the children..."
** Increase in Chapter 70 funding to our local school budgets with full funding of the FBRC: Heslth Insurance, Special Ed, ELL and Low Income subsidy. @FitchburgPS @FitchburgMass would receive $12.8M additional to our school budget

I highly recommend watching the Superintendent Forum on Education Spending ---and the discussion on the need in increases in the budget for equal education for students in Massachusetts.
School spending and need for additional resources were discussed and represented by Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner, Lunenburg, Worcteser, Framingham, Winchendon, Clinton, Ayer-Shirley and more.

FATV recorded the event, you can watch it here:

Public Education Funding Information Update. January 8. 2019 Fitchburg State University


I discussed the Bill and the end of the session with Senator Tran a couple months ago for more background info, starts around 31:30 minutes:


BF Brown topping off ceremony - Fitchburg Arts Community

So excited to attend the BF Brown topping off ceremony this morning at Fitchburg Art Museum! They installed the first roof truss---ready to rebuild into the new Fitchburg Arts Community with NewVue Communities!
The Police Chief and I compared our BF Yearbooks.... & we were both on Student Council =D
Incredible showing of community support...including our outgoing Congresswoman Niki Tsongas! I'm so excited to see this project transform and yet preserve my Alma mater.

FHS at LHS Thanksgiving Game

Our rivalry game was featured on WBZ | CBS Boston 11pm news  :) 
Here's my favorite D 'Fence' crew and I on the news!
Watch the segment here:

Congrats to Leominster on their Thanksgiving game victory 36-0...

Fitchburg Public Schools Upcoming Schedule 2018/19

Fitchburg Public Schools Upcoming Schedule:
👉11/12 No School
👉11/14 and 11/21 Early Release
👉11/22 and 11/23 No School
👉12/12 and 12/21 Early Release
👉12/24-1/1 No School
❄️1/16 Early Release
❄️1/21 No School
❤️2/6 Early Release
❤️2/18-2/22 No School
🌼3/6 Early Release


Crocker Principal Adam Renda is now the new Principal at Reingold.

Crocker Principal Adam Renda is now the new Principal at Reingold. Vice-Principal Casey Beaulac is the new Principal at Crocker Elementary. Effective today.

For more information on the transition of Principals within Crocker Elementary School, Reingold and Memorial... I have reached out to now Vice-Principal Clark & have her permission to post her letter, and copying Principal Renda and Principal Beaulac's letters here for clarity.
📣Crocker Principal Adam Renda is now the new Principal at Reingold. 📣Vice-Principal Casey Beaulac is the new Principal at Crocker Elementary. 📣Reingold Principal Martha Clark has moved into a new position as a Vice Principal at Memorial Middle School. Effective today.

Reingold School PTO Crocker Elementary School PTO Memorial Middle School

Crocker Elementary School VOTES! 31st year!!

Crocker Elementary School VOTES! 31st year!! Love love love so so much!!


Another amazing year of the Fitchburg Crocker Elementary School's PEACE voting project! Congratulations to the winners of Crocker's 2018 Election: Charlie Baker for Governor, Rick Green for Congress Representative, Senator Dean A. Tran for Senate and Representative Stephan Hay for State Representative.


Monty Tech Vet Science Center Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting today for the new Monty Tech Vocational High School Vet Science Center! I toured it when it was under construction a few months back...and WOW does it look amazing today! They even have a horse in the classroom ;-) Amazing resource for our community and students at Monty Tech.
So great to have Governor Charlie Baker join us for the ceremony! as well as Congressman Jim McGovern, Senator Dean A. Tran and Representative Stephan Hay (with the ribbon cutting photo credit!).

Rainworks project with Ms Robillards Art Class at Longsjo

I joined with the students and we started in on the #Rainworks project with Ms Robillards Art Class at Longsjo Middle School! Thanks to a grant from the Fitchburg, MA Cultural Council!
When it rains... the FHS Raider and the Longsjo Olympian will start to appear around Longsjo Middle School! Working on more with the kids this week!
It took a few tries to get it right.... but I think we have it down pat!

$2M loan order for 'repairs to school buildings'

At tonight's City Council Meeting, we will be voting on a $2M loan order for 'repairs to school buildings'. With the conditions of Longsjo coming to the forefront of discussions in November 2017, a study was just completed a few weeks ago in January that outlines an estimate for the Longsjo roof repair & replacement.
In the details, it notes in a separate letter from FPS that the plan is for the Longsjo Roof replacement and repairs, where they plan to Replace the Original Slate Roof with Asphalt Shingles, Replace the gutters and Repair the cupola. Total estimated cost per report is $1.3M. 
It's also recommended in the roof report they replace the EPDM (Rubber) roofs (not noted in School Department Letter) adding that to the total cost is $1.67M 🏫