Sunday, November 30, 2014

Let it Snow!

Over the Thanksgiving break, we had our first substantive snowfall of the season.  Although it is early, I wanted to remind everyone that school delays and cancellations are issues that we in New England must live with every year.  I understand that delays and cancellations are an inconvenience for many families who have childcare issues.  Making the decision around having school or not on a day with inclement weather is one I take seriously as snow or freezing rain may lead to dangerous driving conditions.   A decision to cancel school takes place by 5:15 am in order to give the bus company time to reach out to their drivers.  A two-hour delay occurs during the same time frame.  We average several delays and/or cancellations a year as the Wachusett District encompasses 5 towns with varying elevations.  While it might be raining on the Holden/Worcester line, towns with higher elevations such as Princeton and Rutland might have freezing precipitation.  I appreciate your understanding and patience as we enter this winter season.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Parent survey

I recently sent parents of WRSD students a link to a survey that I am conducting.  The questions are designed for open-ended feedback from parents concerning issues that deal with our school district.  Thus far, there have been over 250 thoughtful responses to the survey and I hope to have close to 300 by the time I begin to review the survey data.  I will be using the survey data to assist me as I begin the FY2016 budget development process while working with our school committee.  I will also be seeking input from other members of the Wachusett community with an online survey that will be accessed through the WRSD website.  Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to complete the survey.