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A fresh start for SK School Committee

November 30, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown School Committee voted Tuesday night to suspend the election of chair and vice-chair/clerk until after the annual summer retreat and they have received the communications subcommittee’s restructuring report.

The motion was initiated by Scott Mueller and school committee members voted six to one to approve the motion with newly elected member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle dissenting.

Prior to entering a work session regarding the school committee’s retreat goals and high leverage policy work, school committee members volunteered to serve as representatives for various school-related committees and to serve on the school committee’s subcommittees.

Committees include: Special Education Local Advisory, State Legislation, wellness, Hazard Scholarship, Access to Excellence, District Technology, a representative at the Chariho Technical Center, as well as the Professional Development and Accountability subcommittees.

The school committee plans to solicit applications from community members interested in serving on the Accountability and the Professional Development subcommittees for a two-year term.

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 14 and the committee will review applications the following week and invite successful applicants to their Dec. 18 meeting. Selected community members will begin their terms in January and will be expected to attend monthly subcommittee meetings.

The school committee also voted unanimously to approve the retirement of Sheila Sullivan, principal of Broad Rock Middle School, effective Feb. 15.

In their work session, committee members discussed goals set forth during the 2011-2012 term and the goals set forth at the annual retreat in August. Members chose two of the goals they felt were most important from a set of eight. Those voted most important were, “Shift the focus from teaching to learning” and revising high leverage policy.

Over the next month, the school committee plans to work with community members to define these goals and make sure policies are effective.

“Policy is not high leverage unless every student is touched by it,” Mueller said.

The school committee will use the student achievement policy as a model to create high leverage policy, which they plan to outline through a newly designed workflow.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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