As our Barnstable Public School students are enjoying the early signs of Spring, we continue with our Fiscal Year 2018 Budget process and Capital Improvement Projects. On April 6, 2017 the Town Council approved capital improvement projects that continue to protect taxpayer investment in school facilities. As approved, our facilities will realize new stadium bleachers and press box at Barnstable High School, a new roof for Barntable-West Barnstable Elementary School, upgraded network infrastructure to support our increasing use of technology for learning, continued asbestos abatement, new windows in the cafeteria area at Barnstable High School, upgraded energy efficient heating systems throughout our schools, and an enhanced library media center for our high school students. We are grateful to the Barnstable School Committee and Town Council for their continued support of school facilities.
The Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for Barnstable Public Schools received unanimous approval from the School Committee at their April 5th meeting. The budget process continues with our submission to the Town Council. In order to align our fiscal and human resources with the needs of our 5,000 students, the School Committee is engaging in a strategic planning process. This process is designed to elicit feedback from teachers, administrators, families, and community members on priority areas for the next three years. To date, three broad areas of need have been identified:
Academic and instructional programming to support student needs, talents, interests, and cultural diversity.
Social and emotional programming to support the development of the Whole Child.
Collaborative partnerships to support the academic, instructional and SEL programming.
The School Committee will discuss these areas in greater detail during their workshop session on April 26th. Our ongoing strategic planning process will result in a document serves as our three-year roadmap as we continue to both expand and refine our programming to meet the needs of Barnstable students. The School Committee welcomes input, feedback and suggestions regarding areas that are emerging as priorities.
In closing, I would like to share a picture of our “Mad Scientists” from Centerville Elementary School as they presented their ideas about science to the Barnstable School Committee!
The vision of the Barnstable Public Schools is to provide a common, standards-based educational program that will enable EVERY student to achieve rigorous performance standards in order to graduate college and career ready.