March 13, 2013

Dear Newton Community:

As many of you already know, all three override questions were approved by Newton voters yesterday. I know I speak for our entire system when I say we are grateful to the Newton residents for their support of the Newton Public Schools.

I am truly excited for the opportunities that the override will provide to our students and staff. It will allow us to immediately add educators at all levels to serve our growing population and begin to address both our facilities and space needs. Below are some examples of what the benefits will be to our students:

  • Additional teachers and staff at the elementary, middle and high school levels will be added to serve our growing population and to reduce some existing large classes at several schools.
  • Three brand new or fully renovated elementary schools (Angier, Cabot and Zervas) will provide not only top-notch facilities but badly needed classroom space. In the fall of 2014, Angier students will move to a newly renovated Carr School, where they will spend two years before returning to a brand new Angier School. We will have more details on both Cabot and Zervas in the near future.
  • Brand new modular classrooms will be added this fall at several elementary schools, including Bowen, Mason-Rice, Horace Mann and Burr. These classrooms will ensure that there will be reasonable class sizes at the elementary level.
It was a great pleasure answering many questions from parents and community members during the numerous town and school meetings that we held over the past several months. Newton is a city full of highly engaged citizens and I appreciate the value that is placed on public education. I also want to extend a special thanks to the Mayor and School Committee for their tireless efforts during the override process.

Next Monday night, March 18, 2013, I will be presenting the specifics of the proposed FY14 budget to the School Committee which will include more details of how we intend to use the override funding. We will be certain to provide more information on the budget in the coming days and welcome your input during the process.

Sincerely,

David Fleishman
Superintendent of Schools