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Overview

  • ​​​​​​​The Pentucket Regional School District, located in northern Essex County, comprises the three towns of Merrimac, Groveland and West Newbury. The School Committee oversees the schools in these towns. The district’s schools include four elementary schools (grades pre-K through 6), a middle school (grades 7 and 8), and a high school (grades 9-12).
     
    The committee consists of nine members, three from each town. They are elected within the towns for staggered 3-year terms. In addition and in accordance with Massachusetts law, a high school student advisory member is an ex officio, non-voting member of the committee.
     
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Committee Goals

  • Adopted September 28, 2021

     
    The Goals of the Pentucket Regional School Committee for Fiscal Year 2021 are to focus on addressing the circumstances relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus for the foreseeable future will be to take into account the health and safety needs of our students and staff, while providing a continuous quality education for all of our students. In addition, in preparation of moving into the new Pentucket Regional Middle High School for the 2022 school year, we will seek to review school day scheduling, collaborative classes, and the ongoing second stage of the project. We will strive to communicate issues and decisions in a timely manner with the Pentucket stakeholders.
     

    Student Achievement

    Coming off a difficult 15 months of remote/hybrid learning due to the ongoing pandemic, as well as looking ahead at the opening of our new Pentucket Regional Middle and High School, the Pentucket Regional School Committee will focus on increasing student achievement, and support the administration in its efforts to maximize academic performance as well as social emotional wellbeing.
    In collaboration with the Administration, the School Committee will periodically review class offerings, class sizes, state test scores, District survey data, and all other forms of data and reports related to student achievement and social emotional wellbeing. The School Committee will assess areas of strength to expand upon, and determine areas of growth opportunities where students who have been struggling due to the pandemic will get the help and support they need. This work will keep the School Committee informed in regards to decisions on student achievement, budget, resource allocation and policy development.
     

    School Safety

    As the Pandemic continues to effect our everyday lives, the School Committee will continue to work in collaboration with the Superintendent to review and revise safety practices on an as-needed basis during the 2021-2022 academic year so that the health and safety of students, staff, and administration is optimized to the extent possible under the current ongoing health crisis.
     

    Financial Management

    The School Committee will ensure that the budget 2022-2023 provides for the success of all students in the district while maintaining fiscal responsibility. By early February 2022, the School Committee will work with the Finance Director to develop, communicate, and support a budget that strives to meet the learning and social emotional needs of all students, educators and staff of the Pentucket Regional School District, given COVID-19 funding and it’s subsequent deficits. This will include effective listening and communication with students, district educators, leadership, parents, appropriate Town committees and departments and collective bargaining units. The final FY2023 budget will support ongoing initiatives and previously prioritized commitments, as well as looking at new teaching positions/opportunities/pay increases and updating textbooks/learning materials.
     

    School Committee Professional Practice

    The School Committee will improve and enhance engagement and communication within the Pentucket community and governing town boards. We will meet and communicate more regularly with the Finance Board and Selectmen around budgetary and other concerns.
    Committee members will create relationships with school PTOs and/or School Councils to create a two-way communication between our district schools and the School Committee.
    The Committee will also participate in at least 2 MASC trainings around communication, open meeting laws, and community engagement. In addition, School Committee members are welcome to pursue additional professional development opportunities on their own and report on these to the whole Committee with the goal of educating other members on important topics. Finally, the SC will participate in an annual School Committee retreat to work on communication and collaborative practices amongst its membership for the benefit of the District.
     

    Policy

    For the past 3+ years, the Policy Subcommittee has been actively addressing our District’s policies by reviewing, revising, and creating policies to best fit the needs of our District and, in some cases, omitting policies that are no longer relevant to our school community.
     
    To date, sections “C”, “I”, “F”, “J”, the majority of section“B” & a plethora of COVID-19 related policies have been completely reviewed and adopted/readopted. We will continue to address policies that pertain to the current COVID-19 crisis on an as needed basis while the situation is continually changing.
     
    After addressing any or all of the above, the Policy Subcommittee, per protocol, will present any recently reviewed policies to the School Committee for discussion and adoption at regularly scheduled business meetings. 
     

Operating Protocols

  • As elected members of the Pentucket Regional School Committee we are honored to accept the trust that has been placed in us to ensure that PRSD students experience the best education possible. To that end, we hereby commit to the following in the conduct of our business.
     

    Role

    • Establish a vision, create policies, and assure accountability to ensure continuous improvement in teaching and learning, while leaving day-to-day operations to the Superintendent and district staff.
    • Represent the needs, interests, and achievement of all students in the district and place these above all else in our decision-making process.
    • Assure accountability in the Superintendent evaluation process.
    • Clearly define success and accountability for the School Committee, Superintendent, staff, and students.
    • School Committee members understand that only the School Committee as a whole has authority; individual members may not act unilaterally. While debate and respectful dissent on issues are encouraged, all School Committee members are expected to support and uphold the decision of the majority once a vote is taken.
    • The School Committee values working collaboratively with town officials to improve our schools and will actively seek ways to enlist their support for our efforts.
     

    Conduct

    • School Committee members are expected to maintain the confidentiality of privileged information and to respect the Open Meeting Law.
    • Maintain trust and mutual respect between and among Committee members, the Superintendent, and staff, but treating everyone with dignity and respect, even in times of disagreement. Channel requests for information through the Superintendent (or his/her designee) and the Chairperson, rather than directly to staff. The Superintendent will make sure that each Member will have equal access to information in a timely manner and share information to the extent possible.
    • Refer constituent concerns to the appropriate person within the district chain of communication.
    • Recognize the importance of honoring our norms and protocols and agree to take responsibility for respectfully reminding each other when we get off track.

    Meetings

    Committee Members agree to:
    • Arrive well-prepared and ready to speak on agenda items
    • Follow Roberts Rules of Order
    • Speak only when acknowledged by the Chairperson
    • Keep comments succinct and on topic
    • Encourage critical thinking and respectful debate
    • Listen actively and keep an open mind
    • Maintain a positive attitude and presume positive intentions in others
    • Respect staff and fellow Committee members at all times