According to a press release issued by the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District this morning, the 2012-2013 school year is off and running. The release reads:
Attendance was strong this morning at the official Welcome Back events for the 2012-2013 academic year for Groton-Dunstable. Both School Committee Chair Alison Manugian, and Groton-Dunstable Education Association President Carolyn Scafidi, spoke positively about Anthony Bent, the Interim Superintendent.
Dr. Bent introduced Kerry Clery, the new Director of Teaching, Learning, and Accountability who spoke to the changes driven by the new Educator Evaluations and the Common Core State Standards. Numerous new teachers and para-professionals were introduced and welcomed enthusiastically to the Groton- Dunstable family.
Four of the five union contracts have been settled and ratified during the summer, including the teachers’ contract. The final union contract is expected to come under agreement shortly. The School Committee, in an effort to move forward, decided not to pursue its pending grievance regarding an issue that surfaced during the negotiations process with the Groton Dunstable Education Association.
The coming school year will also see the School Committee launch a search for a new Superintendent. Focus groups will be scheduled and input solicited from academic and community individuals and groups. The process is expected to be similar to the prior search, leading to an appointment in spring, and a summer 2013 start date.
Students returned to class on Wednesday August 29 with schedules and bus routes having been available during the previous week.