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Stay in touch with district news!  Superintendent newsletters are online and can be found in the folder marked Newsletters located under the "Superintendent's Corner" heading on this page. 

AMS Fall Social - Friday, November 15 7:00-9:00pm

posted Nov 11, 2019, 8:27 PM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 8:28 PM ]

The Fall Social (for all grades) will be held on Friday, November 15 from 7-9 P.M. Parent pick up time for all students is at 9pm. Tickets are $5 and will be on sale during lunch Tuesday the 12th through Friday the 15th. Tickets will only be available to purchase during lunch block, as they will not be sold at the door. The set-up will run the same as it has in previous years (open-gym in the Little Gym, games in the hallway outside of Cafe, and dancing in the cafeteria).

September 2019 Superintendent's Newsletter

posted Sep 20, 2019, 6:29 AM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Sep 20, 2019, 6:29 AM ]

Click on the announcement link to view this month's Superintendent Newsletter.

Monday, September 23, 2019 (6pm-8pm): Mindess School Building Project Community Kickoff Forum. Click here for more information.

posted Sep 19, 2019, 11:24 AM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Sep 19, 2019, 11:35 AM ]

The community is invited to attend an information session on Monday, September 23, 2019, from 6:00-8: 00 pm in the David Mindess Cafeteria.  At this time our design firm, Flansburgh Architects and our project manager, Compass Project Management will present to the community what has been accomplished thus far and what is next with the building project.  I urge everyone to participate.  Please see the flyer below.

Mindess School Building Project Community Kickoff Forum will be held at Mindess School Cafeteria, 90 Concord Street, Ashland MA on September 23rd, 2019 from 6-8pm.



August 2019 Superintendent Newsletter

posted Aug 28, 2019, 1:31 PM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Aug 28, 2019, 1:32 PM ]

Click on the announcement link to view the first of this school year's monthly Superintendent Newsletters.

Warren School Air Quality Study

posted Jun 14, 2019, 1:07 PM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Jun 14, 2019, 1:50 PM ]

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June 14, 2019

 

Dear Staff, Parents and Guardians,

 

In response to concerns from staff members at the Henry Warren School regarding air quality and as part of a statewide initiative by the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) (the union that represents Ashland’s teachers and teachers across the Commonwealth), the Ashland Public Schools contracted with Universal Environmental Consultants, experts in the field of air quality and mold testing, in to perform Airborne Mold Testing. We are pleased to report that the testing indicated that the air quality and mold levels met safety guidelines.  No further testing was recommended.

 

Although Universal Environmental recommended no further testing, the Ashland Public Schools agreed to cooperate with the MTA, on behalf of the Ashland Educators Association (AEA), to allow further testing.  In April, the MTA issued a report.  Like the report from Universal Environmental, this report did not identify any issues that required restricting access to any part of the building.  It did, however, make some recommendations that may improve air quality.

 

In order to further explore these recommendations, a joint Warren Health and Safety Committee, consisting of APS Administrators and Warren School AEA representatives, met to review the recommendations and to discuss action items designed to improve the air quality at Warren School. As a result, a number of the recommendations have been made and have been or will be addressed, including the following:

 

  • Continue to remove wall-to-wall carpeting in classrooms and replace with tile flooring. 

  • Air-vents in all classrooms have been inspected to make sure they are all working properly and operating at “high” to increase air flow.

  • All air-vents and exhaust vents in the building will be cleaned over the summer of 2019.

  • Every summer the entire building, including every classroom and small group meeting room, undergoes a thorough cleaning by the Warren custodial staff.  We have also hired an outside vendor to help with this process, particularly for areas that would benefit from some additional, more intensive work.  

  • Warren staff have also been instructed to remove any items blocking air-vents and exhaust vents in their rooms, purge unused materials, and remove animals and plants from classrooms. 

     

    Both reports can be found here: www.ashland.k12.ma.us/facilities

     

    I want to emphasize that neither report found any failure to meet air quality or mold standards.  We are, however, taking advantage of the information provided to make improvements in our buildings for students and staff.    

     

     

    Be well,

     

    James E. Adams

    Superintendent of Schools

     

    87 West Union Street, Ashland Massachusetts 01721 www.ashland.k12.ma.us 

     

Ashland's Transparency Center Information Relocated

posted Oct 25, 2018, 5:43 AM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Oct 25, 2018, 5:43 AM ]

Powered by ClearGov, Ashland's Transparency Center information can now be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page. 

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