School board hears several presentations

By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

The Plainville Board of Education met on Monday, June 11, and heard presentations regarding NEASC, the summer school program, and school-wide anti-bullying efforts.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maureen Brummett and assistant superintendent, Steve LePage, discussed the district-wide effort to prevent and eliminate bullying.

LePage began by defining what bullying is, saying that many times the word is used incorrectly. He said bullying is “the use of one or more students of a written, oral, or electronic communication such as cyberbullying, which has become an ongoing and increasing problem, physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly” and that “it doesn’t qualify as bullying unless it’s repeated more than once.”

“Mr. LePage found a very nice quote that is something that I think embodies how we believe all of our students should be treated,” said Brummett, “The best thing we can do for our kids is let them know how much they’re cared about and developing a positive relationship with them, that’s really where it ends and begins from the adult student level.”

Plainville High School principal Roberto Medic and Spanish teacher Kaylyn Guardarrama, discussed the upcoming New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process, last completed in 2009.

Medic explained how NEASC updated their accreditation process, and now has more of an emphasis on what the individual school recognizes as areas of improvements.

“This year our faculty took part in a self-evaluation study, and we have just finalized our 72 page self report… which we’ll be submitting to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges,” said Medic.

This fall, a small group of NEASC members will spend about two days at PHS for what’s called a collaborative conference, where they will review the self study report and making a series of recommendations.

“The process has changed significantly because it was very dependent on what the visiting team would find at the visit,” said Medic. “Now, the school is in the driver’s seat more to self evaluate.”

The NEASC accreditation visit will take place in 2020, two years after the collaborative conference.

Rosa Perez, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, presented the summer professional development report, and gave an update on the summer school program.

The summer school program will run from Monday, July 2, until Thursday, Aug. 2, from 8:30am to 1:30pm, at Linden Street School and PHS.

Perez also shared that as of the new school year, all of the curricula for each grade will be available online for parents to review.

Chair of the town council, Kathy Pugliese, gave a brief report regarding happenings at the council, including announcing the referendum, scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, at the firehouse. If passed, the town will begin the process of appropriating $2.1 million in bonds and notes to finance two new fire trucks.

Pugliese also discussed the police department’s Code Red program, an instant alert system that can be found through the town website, and the newly named School Resource Officer Jessica Martins.