Dear Wareham Families,
We are once again immersed in “budget season” as we collaborate with town officials to finalize the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) school budget.
During the past several years, Wareham Public Schools worked to curtail expenditures by closing buildings, reducing staff, and cutting supplies and materials. We have re-organized our elementary schools. We have returned the West Wareham School, the Everett Educational Center, and the Ethel E. Hammond School to the Town of Wareham in an effort to streamline programs offered for our students. Since 2011, we have reduced over 50 full-time positions and have still maintained class sizes ranging from the low teens to the mid-twenties.
During the past several years, we have continued to expand and enhance academic opportunities for all of our students in Wareham. We have added additional counselors and social workers in our buildings to help address the social/emotional needs of our students. We have expanded program opportunities for students by offering Dual Enrollment, STEAM Academy, Humanities Academy, PBIS, 1:1 technology in grades 2 -12, K-2 Focus, OWLS and new math curriculum are just a few of the many examples.
The drivers of our FY18 budget are:
– Meeting our contractual obligations
– Allowing for maintenance of our facilities
– Supporting technology infrastructure
– Maintaining student to staff ratios
To summarize, it is our charge to build a budget which supports a quality and rigorous academic experience for all students in Wareham. We believe the FY18 budget provides the schools with the necessary revenue to deliver the education every child deserves.
I am happy to provide you with additional information regarding programs, services, and opportunities our schools offer on a daily basis for our students.
We appreciate the confidence of the Wareham citizens as you voted to support the Wareham High School roof project, the Decas roof and boiler replacement project, and the Minot Forest feasibility study.
Finally, we do recognize the Town’s difficult financial position and are very grateful for the support which has been and continues to be provided to our students in the Wareham Public Schools.
Thank you for your continued support and I wish you a restful long weekend.
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood
January 16th – No School – Martin Luther King Day
January 17th Mid-Term Exams (Full Day)
No SAIL Program
January 18th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)
No SAIL program
January 19th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)
No SAIL program
January 20th – Mid-Term Exams (Half Day)
No SAIL program
Dual Enrollment students field trip to Bridgewater State University
January 17 – Mock Trial for Grades 5&6
January 19 – Grade 5 Gaming Tournament at 5:00 P.M. in the auditorium (preregistration required)
January 19 – School Council meeting at 5:00 P.M.
Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No School
Thursday, January 19
Chili’s restaurant fundraiser to benefit PTA
Friday, January 20
Preschool Screenings by Appointment.
1/16/17 Martin Luther King Day – No School
1/17/17-1/2017 FAST Testing