The Common, Edition #17
December 22, 2022
February 10, 2023
Dear Nashoba Families,
On January 18, 2023 the Nashoba Regional School District administrative team presented the first draft of the recommendation budget for the 2023-2024 school year to the Nashoba Regional School Committee. This first pass of the budget outlined efforts that have been made to date to craft a responsible budget that ensures we continue to deliver a high quality education program to our students. A major component of our budget building process is assessing our needs based on class size standards and student ratios. In addition, we continued to develop a model of per pupil expenditures for materials and supplies in school-based budgets for the second year in a row. Within the process, we have found efficiencies in the budget to make reductions while maintaining all elements of our instructional program. The total reductions in positions equals 7.5 full time equivalent positions (1.2 administration, 4.3 certified educators, 2.0 support personnel). This was a necessary step to make as we are up against inflation outside of our control and want to ensure that we continue to meet the objectives and iniatives of our Strategic Plan. At this time, due to retirements and expected attrition, we do not anticipate any impact to current staff members. To view a recording of the presentation and review the materials presented on January 18th, go to the meeting materials of the January 18th school committee meeting.
Currently, we are waiting for the state of Massachusetts to release the House 1 funding allotments for the 2023-2024 school year. We expect to receive those numbers on or before March 1st. In the meantime, we will brief the community on progress toward constructing the budget at the school committee meetings on February 15th and March 1st (the latest update can be found in meeting materials from the February 1st meeting). We will have final numbers for the budget presented at the NRSD Budget Hearing, preliminarily scheduled for March 8, 2023. The school committee will vote on the budget on March 15th.
On a different note, the Regional Agreement Amendment Advisory Committee has been meeting for over two years to update the regional agreement. The committee has concluded their work and their recommendation will be put before the school committee at the February 15th and March 1st school committee meetings. The public is encouraged to attend those meetings to participate in public comment regarding the agreement. On March 1st the school committee will vote on the recommendation that will then be forwarded on to our towns and presented to the residents at annual town meetings. The agreement will be posted in the meeting materials for those meetings no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.
“Be your best self. Pave your path. Impact the world.”
News from the Department of Teaching and Learning
Please join us this Thursday evening for Future Freshman Night at Nashoba.
Meet our staff, take a tour, and learn all that Nashoba has to offer!
News from the Department of Pupil Personnel Services
Please mark your calendars:
SEPAC Business Meeting
Thursday, February 16 7pm to 8pm
We will be meeting the second Thursday of each month
Please email agenda items or concerns to SEPACchair2022@nrsd.net
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/efi-kdib-rje
Or dial: (US) +1 406-686-2498 PIN: 632 235 954#
A Thank You From Nashoba Facilities...
Coming off a weekend with some record-breaking cold weather last weekend, we would like to recognize the efforts of district electrician, Jim Brigham, head custodians Nick Scirpoli, Karen McNamara, Jason Hurley, and Tim Brasili. Each one of these individuals played a vital role in making sure the buildings stayed up and running. From around the clock monitoring of the building systems to walking the building multiple times each day, our team stepped up to ensure school was ready to go on Monday morning.
We cannot thank our team for their efforts over the weekend - and every day - to make sure our buildings provide a safe and clean learning environment for all of our students.
Director of Facilities
Nashoba Notable Award - Celebrating Everyday Greatness at Nashoba
Celebrating everyday greatness! Is there a Nashoba teacher or staff member out there who you think deserves some special recognition? Send a Nashoba Notable Award their way! Fill out the form below and thank a Nashoba employee today!
Nashoba Notable Awards thank Nashoba employees for supporting students, families, and their school communities in all ways great and small.
Employees will receive a certificate that includes a brief explanation from the nominator of why they are Nashoba Notable. This form is open to everyone. Students, families, staff and community members can send a Nashoba Notable Award to any Nashoba employee.
There is no limit to the number of Nashoba Notable Awards someone may receive. Thank a Nashoba employee today!
This Week at Nashoba
The Center School celebrated the 100th Day of School this week.
Students walked through a celebration banner and exciting classroom activities took place throughout the day.
Center 5th graders putting the science and engineering practices into their design and construction of bridges - an engaging STEM project!
MRE kindergarten and first graders CONSTRUCTING 100 in many ways
The FSS Investors Club working on their portfolios
Stargazing night at FSS
Together, we inspire and challenge all learners to reach their unique potential and become active contributors to their community.