Forum on Monday to Discuss Elementary School Reconfiguration Budget

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Loker School
The Loker School
The Wayland School Committee will hold a public forum on Monday to discuss the proposed fiscal 2015 budget along with financing the proposed elementary school reconfiguration.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Wayland Town Building. 

Parents will have the chance to pose questions about the proposed reconfiguration and how to pay for it. 
Jeff Dieffenbach January 07, 2014 at 12:10 PM
It was interesting to hear the discussion on Superintendent Stein's recommendation to reconfigure the elementary schools to a "2-3-4" K-5 model (2 classes per grade at Loker, 3 at Happy Hollow, and 4 at Claypit Hill). Some of the concerns raised had to do with having only 2 classes per grade at Loker: would education be short-changed in any way. In my opinion, this shouldn't be an issue relative to 3-3-3, as our administrators will do a great job ensuring equity.-----Of course, there were the usual isolated calls to spend less, whether by avoiding the reconfiguration or not maintaining level services. It will be important for school supporters to make their voice heard at the polls and at Town Meeting.-----I was a bit surprised not to hear another question raised, however: if we were to spend more than $500k on an ongoing basis on top of a $500k one-time capital charge, would there be a better place to spend it educationally? The reconfiguration won't reduce class sizes (not that reducing class sizes should necessarily be where we'd spend the money). It won't add programs. In short, it would be much more logistical than educational.-----Without passing judgement on the relative merits of any of these ideas, shouldn't we at least be considering whether we might get more educational benefit from full day Kindergarten, immersive foreign language at the elementary level, one-to-one technology at the middle and/or elementary levels, expanded learning time, wellness, or other initiatives?


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