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Superintendent of Schools - Amber Bock

Dear Families,

As we welcome the start of a new year, I would like to extend my best wishes to each of you for good health, happiness, and the opportunity for meaningful time spent doing the things you most enjoy. I would also like to provide an update on several happenings across the district.

In mid-December, a celebratory reception was held in recognition of the many members of the community who collaborated with the school district in the development of The BORO (Bridging Over to Right Opportunities) Program at 15 East Main Street. This innovative program serves our 18-22 year old student population within their home community. The second phase of the program will involve the development of an on-site business, The Sugar Shack, with the objective of providing opportunities for students to learn and practice important skills in a workplace environment. The anticipated opening date for the store is the fall of 2018.

We were fortunate to receive a generous donation from Central One Federal Credit Union in support of the Rangers on Track project to renovate the athletic facilities at the high school. For updates on that project, please visit the new website http://www.whsrangersontrack.org/.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) recently approved our recommendation for an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) for the Fales Elementary School, allowing us to continue moving forward to the next stage in the rebuilding and expansion of that school. Additionally, the work to add a preschool wing at the Hastings School is successfully moving forward as well.

Please be sure to mark your calendars for the annual Town Meeting on March 17th. This is when the School Budget will come before voters for approval, along with many other items of importance to our town.

Sincerely,

Amber Bock, Superintendent