Wednesday, January 30, 2013
One visit has also been postponed.
Wednesday, January 30
Update 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 One of the three finalists, Debra Bromfield, has withdrawn her application, according to an email from Assistant Superintendent Laura Chesson. Bromfield informed the district that she has decided to stay with the Canton Public Schools, Chesson wrote. Also, John Tiano's visit, scheduled for today, has been postponed due to a family emergency, according to Chesson. The district is expecting to reschedule Tiano's interview later today. The following is from the Arlington Public Schools. Arlington Public Schools Announces Special Education Director Finalists The Arlington Public Schools is pleased to welcome three finalists for the position of Director of Special Education & Support Services to Arlington to …
Friday, April 13, 2012
After a five-month search, the district is right back where it started.
The Arlington Public Schools’ search for a permanent director of special education yielded three finalists but ultimately came up empty, parents and staff learned Thursday. Superintendent Kathleen Bodie broke the news to them in an email. Bodie was not at Thursday’s School Committee meeting, as she was en route to China, but the issue was still discussed. School Committee member William Hayner said he and former committee member Joseph Curro, both of whom reviewed the candidates, were both impressed by one of the finalists. He added that he was not questioning Bodie’s ultimate decision. Hayner said that he would like to see the search resume as soon as possible. However, the committee, along with Hayner, agreed to wait to hear from Bodie. …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Proposal assumes a 3.6 percent increase in revenue and focuses on maintaining level services and expanding the Special Education department.
The School Committee on Thursday will likely vote on the school district's budget, which assumes a 3.6 percent increase in revenue for fiscal year 2013. Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the priorities of this year's budget focus on maintaining level services, expanding Special Education programmatic needs and restoring administrative capacity district-wide, among others. Bodie said she's hoping to also anticipate potential budgetary impact of contract negotiations and provide some teaching staff reserve, in case of enrollment increases. The budget for fiscal year 2013 assumes about $50.5 million in revenue, where $44.6 would come from town appropriations, $2.1 would come from grants and $3.7 would come from revolving funds, such as …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Teachers using technology to improve communication for students with limited verbal skills and bridging social interactions between special education students and their general education peers.
Editor's note: The following information comes from Arlington Public Schools. Arlington Public Schools’ Special Education Department is sporting 56 new Apple iPads, thanks to a state grant awarded by the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education. Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the schools were awarded $93,545 as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The funds were used to purchase iPads and the required peripheral equipment, which will be used by special education students in several schools. Apple provided schools with no-cost professional development with the equipment to help teachers and support staff make the most of the equipment. “Teachers who received the iPads are piloting apps to determine which provide …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Kathleen Bodie's budget would cut 16 teaching assistants but proposes hiring an assistant superintendent and principals at the high school and Stratton Elementary.
Arlington Public Schools on Thursday presented to the School Committee the first draft of the school district's budget, which assumes a 3.6 percent increase in revenue for fiscal year 2013. Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the priorities of this year's budget focus on maintaining level services, expanding Special Education programmatic needs and restoring administrative capacity district-wide, among others. Bodie said she's hoping to also anticipate potential budgetary impact of contract negotiations and provide some teaching staff reserve, in case of enrollment increases. The budget for fiscal year 2013 assumes about $50.5 million in revenue, where $44.6 would come from town appropriations, $2.1 would come from grants and $3.7 would …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Candidate Matthew Pallett is concerned with the district's direction and wants to enact changes from the top.
A parent of two Arlington Public Schools students has pulled out papers to run for the School Committee, becoming the fourth candidate to show his intent to run for the committee's two open seats in this year's elections, the Town Clerk's Office confirmed Tuesday. Matthew Pallett, who has lived in Arlington for four years, said he first thought about running for School Committee when his family started having issues finding the support his special education child needs. With at son at Peirce Elementary School and a daughter at Ottoson Middle School, Pallett said he is an Arlington parent concerned with the direction the town is going. "I want the best for all our children," Pallett said in a phone interview. "I think to make real changes …
Friday, December 9, 2011
School Committee asks head of Arlington Public School to ensure recent breach of student confidentiality doesn't happen again.
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie has been asked to review the district’s protocols on student confidentiality, after a school official mistakenly distributed a redistricting map showing approximate addresses of special education homes. On Thursday, the School Committee voted unanimously to task Bodie with reviewing procedures that should be followed when a breach of confidentiality occurs at Arlington Public Schools. In November, Bodie apologized after a parent outcry over student confidentiality when a redistricting map showed approximate homes of special education students. The map was distributed at a meeting of the schools Redistricting Committee, which is charged with figuring out new boundaries for individual districts to alleviate …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Event to promotes and supports Best Buddies friendship program.
The halls of Lexington High are usually empty on weekends. Last Saturday, however, they were filled with crafters, LABBB Collaborativeteachers and students and Best Buddies, all there for the second annual Holiday Craft Fair. Most around here know LABBB is an acronym for the award-winning collaborative school that officially includes Lexington, Arlington, Bedford, Burlington and Belmont. The five communities are part of a consortium that teaches children with special needs from childhood until they are 22 years old. The craft fair benefited LABBB's Best Buddies, a program that pairs students with peers from the collaborative communities, and was organized by LABBB Workshop Training Center Supervisor Janet Paz. Rebecca Borja of Arlington…
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Discussion scheduled for 8:25 p.m., Thursday, at Arlington High School.
The Arlington School Committee on Thursday will discuss the controversial release of a redistricting map containing approximate address information of special education students. Schools Superintendent Kathleen Bodie in November apologized for the release of the map, which she said was “mistakenly released.” The map was distributed at the latest meeting of the schools Redistricting Committee, which is charged with figuring out new boundaries for individual districts to alleviate overcrowding at some schools. At the meeting, committee members were given black-and-white copies of several maps. One of them contained dots showing the locations of students, including one that showed where special education and non-special education students …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A letter from Trish Orlovsky, chair of Arlington's Special Education Parents Advisory Council.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Editor's note: Last week, Arlington’s schools superintendent apologized for the release of a map containing approximate address information of special education students that she said was released mistakenly. The following is a response letter from Trish Orlovsky, chair of Arlington's Special Education Parents Advisory Council. This letter has been sent to the School Committee and Superintendent Kathleen Bodie. As the SEPAC chair in Arlington and a citizen, I hear feedback from many parents on a variety of issues. The recent event of the superintendent releasing to the School Committee and then to the press, a map pinpointing the residences of children with special needs (designated as "sped students" on her map), is more than merely a …