Ashland School Committee Approves 2017-2018 School Calendar

posted Dec 2, 2016, 8:05 AM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 8:14 AM ]

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.

Ashland School Committee Approves New School Start Times for 2017-2018 School Year

posted Nov 10, 2016, 10:07 AM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 10:08 AM ]

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.

District Reorganization Recommendation Update Presented to School Committee - October 22, 2016

posted Oct 23, 2016, 5:25 PM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Oct 23, 2016, 5:25 PM ]


School Committee Policy IHAMB - Teaching about Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

posted Oct 14, 2016, 7:20 AM by APS Webmaster

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

posted Sep 1, 2016, 10:14 AM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 10:15 AM ]

Resolution Against Lifting the Cap on Commonwealth Charter Schools

WHEREAS, free public schools available to all students regardless of income, ability, need or English language proficiency are foundational to our democracy; and

WHEREAS, 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

WHEREAS, local accountability for our public schools is necessary to ensure that schools are responsive to the needs of their communities; and

WHEREAS, 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

WHEREAS, 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

WHEREAS, Governor Baker’s proposed reform of charter reimbursement neither fully funds reimbursement nor equitably treats sending districts; and

WHEREAS, 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

WHEREAS, 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

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth charter school system is creating separate and unequal opportunities for success; and

WHEREAS, lifting the cap on charter schools would greatly worsen the problems listed above and lead to a costly and divisive two-track school system;

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Ashland School Committee opposes lifting the cap on Commonwealth charter schools.

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For the Ashland School Committee

 

Laurie Tosti, Chair

Ashland School Committee

School Committee Meeting Dates 2016-2017

posted Apr 8, 2015, 7:38 PM by APS Webmaster   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 10:48 AM ]

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)
September 28
October 26
November 9, 30
December 14
January 11, 25 (2017)
February 8
March 8, 22
April 12, 26
May 10, 24
June 14, 28

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