Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Blog

September 15, 2012 Weekly musings:

Posted on: September 17, 2012

By: photostock

During our Administrative Leadership Team meeting this week we prepared a draft of the professional development work our faculty will be engaged in on September 25th.  I am pleased to see the quality of the learning, the presenters, and the work we have scheduled for everyone: teachers, clerical, ESP’s, nurses, and administrators.   An agenda will be sent out early next week.  At the next ALT meeting, we will continue our planning for the October 24th PLC time during our “late start” for students.

Jennifer Towler, Tracy Harrity, and I are following up on a wonderful and creative idea Jen proposed last year.  We are working with our VINS network to secure volunteer support to help the schools with PR, general communication, and improvements to our “marketing” materials including website info, kindergarten registration packets, and bus information.  We are hopefully optimistic.

Sharon Carlson and I spent quite a bit of time together this week ironing out issues and working very collaboratively toward the betterment of our system.   We worked with Glenda Stoddard to resolve a few minor payroll issues, yet when it comes to payroll, there really are no minor issues.  Issues were resolved quickly to the satisfaction of the people involved.

On Thursday evening our School Committee reviewed the proposals for the late start options. I’d like to take a brief moment to respond to the questions about a new proposal.  The 8:30 start time mentioned will not work due to the close bus times at the end of the day.  And the two tier system will work, but will require extra buses now that we have maximized our bus capacity.  Though it is a time efficient way to improve our transportation, it would be an additional cost to provide additional buses.  So, next month I will report this in open session and I encourage SC members to steer your attention back to the proposals on the table.  If new proposals are requested, I would certainly like to keep to the process I have established and go back for community and educator review prior to having the SC vote on proposals.  The vetting process has been the key for me the past nine months and I would hate to short cut it at the end.

I had the opportunity to have lunch with new Smith Vocational  Superintendent Jeff Peterson on Friday.  We talked about the new teacher evaluation system, his upcoming NEASC review, and took a tour of the shops.  It was nice to see and talk to our JFK students, who are now freshmen, enjoying their exploratory experience in the various shops.


Brian L. Salzer, Ed.S.

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