Superintendent's Newsletter

Bellingham Public Schools


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FY2021 Budget Update

Bellingham Families,

Over the last several months, the administrative team has developed the draft of the FY2021 budget. This budget represents what we believe brings us closer to achieving our vision by providing more significant opportunities for students to succeed and by adding programs that our students want. Developing a budget is always a complicated process, and our goal is still to balance the needs of the district with fiscal responsibility.

On January 11th and 18th, all administrators presented their budget requests to the school committee along with the rationale for each increase. On Tuesday, January 21st, I presented an overview of the requests and areas that are driving our budget. Please click on the link below to review our initial budget presentation. As you will see, there are significant increases in many areas; these increases are not a wish list but are real needs to help support our students.

I want to thank all of our administrators and staff in developing the FY2021 budget; it is never an easy process. I would also like to thank all the parents and community members that attended the meeting on January 21st. As we continue to discuss next year's budget, there will be additional meetings and open forums to address the challenges. We will be continuing our budget discussion on February 4th at 6:45 pm in the Arcand Room; all are welcome.

Peter D. Marano

Superintendent of Schools

FY 2021 Budget Preview

Please click on the button (FY2021 Budget Preview) to see the FY2021 budget presentation that was presented to the school committee on January 21, 2020.

Strategic Plan Update

Why Do Strategic Planning?

The Bellingham Public Schools’ Strategic Planning document is meant to serve as a guide toward continuous improvement and school and district growth. The document provides both direction and focus to the district’s students, faculty and staff, administration and School Committee, as well as to the Bellingham community. Within its pages, the document provides informational data about the school district, as well as five overarching and integrated goals, or pillars for success, which represent the district’s future work.

Please note that a strategic plan is meant to be a fluid, evolving instrument that provides clarity around the challenging work of continuous improvement. It is also influenced by forces outside of the school department’s control (i.e., the Department of Education’s goals and directives, resources, societal events, time, and trends) and, as such, a level of flexibility should be built into each plan. The plan currently being written, for example, does not have a definitive end time. While the work associated with the plan is meant to begin with the 2020-2021 school year, that same work may extend over three to five years. The Strategic Planning Committee is excited to share the new plan with the district and community. Once the plan is officially adopted by the Bellingham School Committee, the plan will be posted on the school department’s official website at

TikTok Challenge Warning!

There is a viral challenge going around the social media app TikTok. It is called the outlet challenge. Students are partially plugging a cellphone charger into an outlet and sliding a penny inbetween the socket and the charger causing sparks, damage to electrical systems, fires, and possibly electricuatioin. Here is a link to a recent news story regarding the challenge:

This is very dangerous and can cause serious harm to students.

Manufacturing Technology Course at BHS

Through a collaborative effort with the Blackstone Valley Consortium, Bellingham High School is participating in a pilot course offering of Manufacturing Technology. The Manufacturing Technology hybrid course will provide students with a broad understanding of traditional methods of the manufacturing process as well as the automated manufacturing industry. An emphasis will be placed on workplace safety, measurement and blueprint reading, and the engineering design process. Manufacturing Technology will also focus on the basics of drafting, including orthographic drawing, isometric drawing, drafting standards, and utilization of CAD commands. These skills will culminate with a project that uses a computer to design a prototype.

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce through its Educational Hub is collaborating with the Blackstone Valley Public School Districts to provide additional educational opportunities to utilize their Fab Lab that is filled with 3D printing, high-end Roland and FARO machines, state-of-the-art computers running the most recent version of AutoCAD, MaterCAM, Solidworks, and a variety of Microsoft and Adobe applications. We will continue to develop more of these innovative hybrid courses over the next year to offer more opportunities for our students.

Upcoming Events

Early Release, Exams BHS - January 28th-31st 10:45 am

Family Bingo Grades 4-7 January 31st, 6:30 pm @ BMS

Incoming Kindergarten Information Evening - January 30th, 6:30 pm @ Stall Brook

Next School Committee Meeting - February 4th 6:45 pm in the Arcand Room