By John Anderson
The Auburn School Committee met last night and tackled a lengthy agenda. The Superintendent’s Report began with the introduction of teachers and students involved in an exchange program with Madrid, Spain. Mr. John Smolenski, Senior Field Director of the Mass Math and Science Initiative, then gave a presentation about Auburn’s increasing success with their programs. Auburn MA Daily will provide the details in a future article.
The Committee accepted a donation of uniforms for the Middle School Football program from Auburn Pop Warner. AHS Principal Casey Handfield explained that Pop Warner no longer serves the middle school age group since the creation of the school team, and the uniforms were in storage for years. The value is about $4,000.
Dr. Brunelle announced that Food Services Director Ann Pitzen will retire at the end of the year, and Judy Turcotte, Assistant to the Business Manager, will retire at the end of this school year. Director of Pupil Services Philip Campbell will be leaving on Nov. 14 after accepting a similar job on Martha’s Vineyard. She also attended the Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on Sept. 9 to express her gratitude for their financial assistance to teachers and students.
The Committee approved 4 warrant articles for the town’s fall town meeting on October 29. The article drawing extensive debate was a request for equipment to support PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing at three Auburn Schools next spring. While the $108,750 in computer equipment will certainly boost technology in our public schools, this will generate a lot of discussion at town meeting.
The Committee voted unanimously to approve a performance assessment methodology for the superintendent. The evaluation is expected to be
completed by the end of the school year. They also voted to appoint Dr. Kathy Lauze as the district’s Civil Rights Coordinator.
On the business side, numerous transfers and Capital Improvement Program changes were approved to deal with more critical needs. Business Manager
Peter Gray gave a report on school bussing, and member George Scobie requested an update in 2 meetings. Member Lee Ann Gibree made a motion for the superintendent to draft a letter to legislators addressing the many unfunded mandates the district is burdened with. The committee approved the motion.