Superintendent's Report - 12/2/16

posted Dec 5, 2016, 5:28 AM by Hps Webmaster   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 5:31 AM ]
  • Much of the work occurring at this time of year is around the development of the FY18 budget.  
  • Though the School Committee is well aware of the following information, I would like to share it with the members of the public who may be viewing from home.
  • This early in the year, the FY18 budget is dependent on assumptions and forecasts for which we do not have sufficient financial data from FY17 to back up. Therefore, we create a budget based on our knowledge of what has happened in FY16 and FY15.
  •  Each subsequent forecast provides us with better data regarding spending in areas such as utilities, special education, and personnel.
  • The increased accuracy of this information will allow the District to better forecast what the actual revenue/expenditure gap is.  
  • There will almost certainly be the need for budget cuts to occur in order to balance the FY18 budget.
  • The current revenue/expenditure gap for the FY18 budget is $1,577,180.54. This is the budget that the School Committee will be voting on later this evening.
  • The total increase from the FY17 budget is 1.59%
  • Over the coming weeks, the School Committee and District Leadership Team will be meeting to determine what cuts will be made.
  • Everyone is committed to ensuring that the cuts have as little impact as possible on the students of the Hudson Public Schools.
  • Informational updates will be provided to District staff, parents and community members at each decision point.  

Educator Evaluation
  • With the permission of Chairperson Dufour, Todd Wallingford, Ellen Schuck and I began the process of impact bargaining some changes to educator evaluation forms and the formative evaluation process.
  • The proposed changes as outlined in the side letter of agreement are included in the School Committee packet this week.
  • The Hudson Education Association has sent the proposal to the MTA for review.
  • I will keep the Committee updated with any additional information as it becomes available


District Leadership Team
  • The District Leadership Team met on 11/29/16.
  • Leadership Team agendas will continue to be included in your packets so that the Committee is aware of the work that is occurring when the administrators meet.
  • The greatest portion of our leadership meeting time was spent discussing potential budget options for closing the revenue gap.
  • The team also further discussed proposed changes to the educator evaluation forms and the formative assessment procedures.
  • The next leadership team meeting will focus on the implications of computerized testing for instruction and the norming of feedback provided to teachers after classroom visits.


Studying Skillful Teaching

The District is excited to offer a new learning opportunity for our teachers. We are offering the newly revised “Studying Skillful Teaching” course to teachers free of charge, with full-reimbursement for graduate credits.

This course is a key step in reaching our strategic objectives to:

o    Establish a common framework for curriculum and instruction to bring coherence to academic language, instructional practices and professional learning so that learning is rigorous for ALL students PreK-12; and

o    Establish and maintain a learning environment based on a common understanding of high expectations among staff, students, and families.

Participants in the course will have the opportunity to study, apply, and reflect on practical ways to:

o    Examine powerful beliefs and expectations that influence students’ motivations to learn;

o    Support students in developing a growth mindset;

o    Design lessons that focus students on what learning is most important (objective) and what success looks like (criteria for success);

o    Apply research-based instructional strategies;

o    Collect, analyze, and use formative assessment data to inform timely decisions about what happens next for students’ learning; and

o    Strengthen cultural proficiency in instruction, curriculum, class climate, and school environment

 Finding time to take graduate classes can be difficult for our teachers. The District is offering this course over only three weekend sessions.

I am happy to report that we have a waiting list for this course with 40 confirmed participants.

I want to extend my sincere appreciation to those individuals who took time to apply to be a part of this exciting learning opportunity.



All enrollment numbers are up to date as of the writing of this report. They are unofficial numbers. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collects snapshots of enrollment data three times per year October, March, and June. I will provide you with monthly enrollment numbers so that you can be aware of the amount of fluctuation that may or may not be occurring on a monthly basis.


































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