At their November 30, 2016 meeting, Ashland School Committee members approved next year's school calendar. The calendar can be found on the Home > Calendars webpage, in the Announcements section on the district website, as well as in the attachment below.
The Ashland School Committee approved the new school start times for the 2017-18 school year at their November 9, 2016 meeting.
The new times are as follows:
Mindess School - Grades 3-5 7:55 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Ashland Middle School - Grades 6-8 8:15 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Ashland High School - Grades 9-12 8:20 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Warren School - Grades K-2 8:50 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
This policy was approved by the School Committee in April 2016 and states Ashland Public Schools "shall provide age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate, evidence-based alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention education programs in grades K-12". Click on the attached link to review the entirety of Policy IHAMB.
Resolution Against Lifting the Cap on Commonwealth Charter Schools
, free public schools available to all students regardless of income, ability, need or English language proficiency are foundational to our democracy; and
, all of our students deserve high-quality public schools that teach the whole child, providing enrichment and addressing social and emotional needs in addition to core academic subjects; and
, local accountability for our public schools is necessary to ensure that schools are responsive to the needs of their communities; and
, Ashland is losing $839,577 to Commonwealth charter schools and public school districts across the state are losing more than $408 million this year alone — a loss of funds in part due to a declining reimbursement, that is undermining the ability of districts to provide all students with the educational services to which they are entitled; and
, the Commonwealth’s reimbursement to districts has failed to be fully funded, seeing funding of 63% in FY’14; 55% in FY’15; and 69% in FY’16; and
, Governor Baker’s proposed reform of charter reimbursement neither fully funds reimbursement nor equitably treats sending districts; and
, Commonwealth charter schools are often approved over the objections of a majority of community residents and their elected officials and are not accountable to local elected officials once they are approved; and
, Commonwealth charter schools often fail to serve the same proportion of special needs students, low-income students and English language learners as the districts from which they receive students and often use high suspension rates to drive out students they don’t want to serve; and
, the Commonwealth charter school system is creating separate and unequal opportunities for success; and
, lifting the cap on charter schools would greatly worsen the problems listed above and lead to a costly and divisive two-track school system;
, be it resolved that the Ashland School Committee opposes lifting the cap on Commonwealth charter schools.
For the Ashland School Committee
Laurie Tosti, Chair
Ashland School Committee
All School Committee meetings are televised live on WACA Channels, Comcast 11, and Verizon 45. All School Committee meetings will be held at Town Hall every other Wednesday night beginning at 6pm (unless otherwise noted). School Committee meeting dates for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:
August 4 (Summer Workshop, Warren Conference Center, 8:00am)
August 29 (Ashland High School Opening Day for Staff)
September 13 (Tuesday)
November 9, 30
January 11, 25 (2017)
March 8, 22
April 12, 26
May 10, 24
June 14, 28