At its September meeting, the School Committee highlighted four key initiatives
for the upcoming year. These initiatives (detailed below) are in addition to the regular business the School Committee addresses each year such as budgeting, program and curriculum reviews, space planning, technology implementation and educator evaluations. CNS will provide updates on these important topics as the year moves ahead. You can watch a video on these initiatives here.
Needham and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) are currently conducting a project feasibility study on the renovation/rebuilding of the Hillside Elementary School. The School Committee is committed to achieving a community consensus on a preferred alternative and seeking MSBA approval by the end of the school year. More information about future renovation projects at the Hillside and Mitchell elementary schools is available on the NPS website.
Additional Space for Needham High
High enrollment at Needham High School is putting stress on classroom and communal spaces. Working with other Town departments, the School Committee plans to address space concerns at Needham High. The administration has been creatively repurposing and re-allocating existing rooms and offices to provide more instructional space. The next step, partitioning two existing classrooms, is to be accomplished through a Warrant Article at the October Special Town Meeting. A larger proposal to address space needs at the High School over the next decade is expected later this year.
iPads at High Rock
This year's 6th grade class is participating in a 1:1 iPad initiative wherein all students are using an iPad device at school. Some of the goals of this program are to increase students' organization, provide more opportunities for personalized leaning and collaboration, and provide a device students can use during their three years of middle school. CNS plans to provide additional information on the status of the High Rock iPad implementation in future newsletters.
Full Day Kindergarten Study
Needham does not currently have full day kindergarten due to space and financial constraints. However, the School Committee is committed to implementing full day kindergarten as soon as possible and has created a standing sub-committee to begin planning for this.