Below, please see the content of a memo that was prepared for the February 12, 2018 School Committee meeting regarding the grade reconfiguration transition that will happen in the district in 2019. We are sharing this memo to provide as many answers as we have at this point in time, and to solicit feedback from the community about what we have done to date.
To provide input, we encourage you to use the following resources:
Transition 2019 website:
Click on the "Transition 2019" button on the district's main website at http://www.billericak12.com, or go to the page directly at http://tinyurl.com/billerica2019.
For general comments/questions on the 2019 grade reconfiguration:
For comments/questions on redistricting:
Tim Piwowar, Superintendent
To: Billerica School Committee
From: Tim Piwowar, Superintendent of Schools
Date: February 9, 2018
Re: Update on Grade Reconfiguration
In fall 2019, there will be a significant transition in the district that includes the building of a new high school, grade level reconfiguration (K-4, 5-7, 8-12), and redrawing of attendance lines (redistricting). There are several teams that are working on different components of this transition, including the 5/6 Transition Team, 8/9 Transition Team, Staffing Team, Operations/Resources Team, Redistricting Team, and the Steering Committee, who acts as the umbrella that coordinates the work between all of the transition teams.
The teams that are responsible for making educational programmatic recommendations for the 5-7 middle schools and the 8-12 high school are the 5/6 and 8/9 Transition Teams. Consisting of teachers and administrators, these teams have been working to define what the reconfigured middle and high schools will look like for students, with a focus on the transition for students in grades 5 and 8.
At this time, each of the teams have already determined some of the programming, which is outlined below. This list presents a general picture of what the middle and high schools will look like. As the teams continue to talk through the programming, this list will continue to be fleshed out with more detail.