Selectmen Selections

November 2021-Edition 40


This monthly newsletter highlights actions of the Board and its meetings to inform residents and employees of Town business.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Town Hall has reopened to the public, without the need for an appointment.

An advisory from the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) has been issued for non-vaccinated and fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.

Shrewsbury, Worcester County is now categorized as “high” level of community transmission. Therefore, all employees and visitors in all municipal buildings are required to wear a face mask.*

*Exemptions from the Mask Requirement: Those with medical and other eligible conditions.

Beal Reuse Public Hearing - December 7, 2021 7pm at Shrewsbury Town Hall

Departmental Update #3: School Department

The Departmental Update begins HERE in the recording of the November 23, 2021 Board of Selectmen Meeting.

Dr. Joseph Sawyer, Superintendent, Mr. Patrick Collins, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, and Mr. Jon Wensky, Chairman of the School Committee's presentation summarized the mission, core values, and vision of the School Department, the strategic priorities and planning, their approach to the current year, highlights of Shrewsbury Public Schools, challenges they are facing, space and enrollment and student demographics, and a financial overview.

Mission & Values:

Their mission is, “The Shrewsbury Public Schools, in partnership with the community, will provide students with the skills and knowledge for the 21st century, an appreciation of our democratic tradition, and the desire to continue to learn throughout life.” They summarized their core values; Respect & Responsibility, Collaboration & Communication, Commitment to High Standards & Expectations, and Equity and their vision – explaining their “portrait of a graduate.”

Highlights & Challenges:

Dr. Sawyer explained that the School Department experienced many highlights so far this school year; all students attending full-time and in-person, returned to more of a “normal” student learning opportunities and co-curricular activities, the opening of the new Beal School, and many other successes. They also experienced challenges including, disruptions to learning due to the pandemic, acclimating to a more typical school environment, significant issues with student social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns. The schools have been working to address these challenges.

Financial Overview:

Mr. Collins then discussed the financial overview and how they, like all school districts across the nation and Massachusetts, received federal funds to mitigate the negative financial impact that the pandemic has caused. He explained that these funds have played a critical role in Shrewsbury by providing much-needed support for Shrewsbury Public Schools. He added that they have been careful in planning uses of funds to avoid taking on recurring costs whenever possible and also extending their use for the maximum allowable time.

They expressed that they are grateful for the work of their staff, support from the SPS families and community, and having their students in full-time, in-person school and that they looking forward to partnering with the Board of Selectmen on strategic planning to enhance the future of our community.

The School Department's full presentation can be viewed HERE.

Budget and Financial Updates

November 2021 Board of Selectmen Meeting Highlights

Meeting recordings for November 9, 2021 and November 23, 2021 can be found below.

Board of Selectmen - November 9, 2021
Board of Selectmen - November 23, 2021

Board of Selectmen - Beal Reuse Public Hearing

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 7pm

45 Oak Street

Shrewsbury, MA

LOCATION CHANGE: Oak Middle School Auditorium

Board of Selectmen Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

100 Maple Avenue

Shrewsbury, MA

Selectmen's Meeting Room

Board of Selectmen Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 21st, 7pm

100 Maple Avenue

Shrewsbury, MA

Selectmen's Meeting Room

About Us

The Board of Selectmen acts as the Town's Chief Executive Body responsible for the community's general welfare following guidelines set forth in Operational Policies for the Board of Selectmen. Specific powers and responsibilities of the Board of Selectmen are set forth in Chapter 559 of the Acts of 1953 which is better known as the Town Manager Act and the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.