The Longmeadow School Committee is considering amending policy JC-R - Attendance Area. If you would like to submit feedback regarding this policy please complete the Policy Impact Form.
Superintendent Marie H. Doyle Announces Retirement
Longmeadow - Longmeadow Public Schools Superintendent Marie H. Doyle has announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 School Year. Ms. Doyle, who previously served as Superintendent of Carlisle’s School District and Principal of Bigelow Middle School in Newton, has been at the helm of the Longmeadow Public Schools since 2010.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Longmeadow 's superintendent because I have worked with a gifted staff and dedicated administrators. The students are among the best on the planet due to great parents who have been so supportive of education. I am also thankful for thoughtful School Committee members who always keep their eyes on the child. I have been blessed to work in this community,” Doyle said. “It is important that I announce my plans to School Committee now so that they may to conduct a search in a timely manner. They will need the summer to find a consulting firm, the fall to oversee focus
groups, and the wintertime to hire a new superintendent.”
Janet Robinson, Chair of the School Committee said, “I have been fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with Marie for the last 2 years, and she has contributed so much to the Longmeadow Public Schools. She has always focused on doing what is best for the students and her retirement is a loss for Longmeadow.” The School Committee will release a plan for the Superintendent Search in July.
On Monday, June 8th, Mr. Chris Collins, Principal of Williams Middle School presented a report to School Committee on Middle School enrollments and staffing.
The report is attached below.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has set up forums for the public to provide feedback regarding the new student assessment PARCC. Please follow this link for more information: PARCC Forums.
Dear Longmeadow Community:
The Superintendent's Coffee was well attended this morning and we had some great discussions. Many of you were working and unable to attend, so I would like to inform you about the conversations that transpired. Below is a list of the topics that were discussed. If you have any questions, input or concerns, please feel free to call or email me.
Superintendent Marie Doyle
What is happening at Longmeadow Public Schools?
Chris Collins, Principal of Williams Middle School, is retiring after seven illustrious years at the helm. We wish Chris well as he explores new opportunities in life.
A search for a new principal is underway right now. Resumes have been submitted and reviewed by the committee; eight applicants have ben invited to interview with our team. Interviews will be conducted on May 11th and May 12thwith hopes of announcing up to three finalists on May 13th. Candidates will hopefully be scheduled to visit Longmeadow Public Schools on May 14th, 18th or 22nd. Committee members will also visit the candidate’s current place of employment on May 20th, 21st or 22nd. I will narrow the pool to one finalist by May 27th and complete reference checks and contract negotiations. If all goes well, I will make a final announcement to the public by. Committee members include:
Susan Bertrand- Assistant Superintendent (Chairperson)
Meghan Frazee - Assist Principal at Blueberry Hill
Beth Nelson - Assistant Principal at Glenbrook Middle School
Kathryn Girard - School Committee
Nikcole Allen - Principal, Glenbrook Middle School
Jean Fontaine - Assistant Principal, Williams Middle School
Kathleen Russotto - Educator, Williams Middle School
Pamela Cangemi - Educator, Williams Middle School
Tracy Bradshaw - Parent Representative
Sherri Ehrenberg - Parent Representative
You must register your child(ren) for transportation annually. If your child(ren) lives less than 2 miles from their assigned school and is in grade 6 or your child(ren) is in grades 7-12, there is a fee of $225 per child with a family cap of $450. If your child(ren) is in grades K-6, and lives more than 2 miles from their assigned school, there is no fee, but you must still register for transportation.
As a reminder, the new Transportation Procedure adopted by the School Committee on April 27, 2015 includes the following:
· The routes will run primarily along main streets.
· Students will not cross main roads unless there is a crossing guard or stop light present.
· The length of routes will be determined by the number of stops, and this depends on ridership.
· Service for students in grades 7-12 will be provided on FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. There will be limited seats on each bus.
· Bus passes will be distributed when the fee is paid in full or other payment arrangements are made.
The deadline for registration is June 26, 2015. In order for your child to be registered for the bus, this form needs to be completed and returned to the Business Office. Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.
The address for the Business Office is 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Checks or money orders may be made payable to the Longmeadow Public Schools. A deposit of $50 per student is required at the time of registration. The balance must be paid in full by August 3, 2015 or payment arrangements have been made in order to receive a bus assignment and a bus pass.
Registrations received after June 26, 2015 will be processed in the order received and some buses may fill to capacity. Therefore, seating will not be guaranteed after the registration deadline and late registrants may be put on a waiting list.
If you believe that you qualify for financial assistance based upon your family/household income, please contact the Business Office at 413-565-4200, extension 4022 for information.
Dear Longmeadow Community:
The Redistricting Committee met this pastevening and voted to move forward with a recommendation to move Neighborhood A from Blueberry to Center with grandfathering only the fifth graders. The vote was 7-yes, 1-no and 7- abstentions.
I would like to thank the parents who served on this committee, and I appreciate their time and attention to this matter.