Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The following is a list of meetings in Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville this week.
The following are the meetings is Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville this week. Wrentham: Tuesday- Wrentham Selectmen, town hall, 6:45 p.m. Here is the agenda. Thursday- Conservation Commission, town hall, 7 p.m. Here is the agenda. Norfolk: Monday- Energy Committee, Norfolk Town Hall, 7 p.m. Here is the agenda. Tuesday- Historical Commission, NHC office, lower level town hall, 7 p.m. Here is the agenda. School Committee Policy Sub-Committee, Freeman-Kennedy School, Central Office, 7:30 p.m. Here is the agenda. Wednesday- Conservation Commission, Roon 105C, 7 p.m. Check out the agenda here. Plainville- Monday- School Committee Budget Commitee, Superintendent Conference Room, 3:30 p.m. Selectmen, 6:30 p.m.Here's the agenda. Planning Board…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Wrentham schools seeking a temporary superintendent to replace Jeff Marsden, who will be leaving to become the superintendent of the Medfield school system.
With current Wrentham superintendent Jeffrey Marsden accepting a new job in Medfield, the town is now looking for an interim position while they look for a permanent replacement. Applications can be sent here, and details can be viewed at www.MASC.org, the Web site for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Selectmen chair Ed Goddard appointed the following people to the super search committee:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Delaney School has had two boiler break.
The second boiler at the Delaney School has broken, according to superintendent Jeffrey Marsden. “It was a crack in the block and it was gushing water out,” Marsden said. “It was the exact same problem.” This is the second boiler at the Delaney School this year, as the first broke down during the winter. The boilers worked in tandem when both were working. One would work while the other cooled down. “They cycle back and forth in the winter,” Marsden said. He said when the first broke down, he found out it was a systemic problem with the model of the boiler. “This model has had failures everywhere,” he said. “When the inspectors came out they weren’t surprised. This model has a high failure rate.” The other boiler cost $31,000, the cost …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wrentham School Committee gave thumbs up to superintendent Jeffrey Marsden's 2014 proposed budget.
The Wrentham School Committee voted to approve 3-0 (with Lynn Desrochers and Eric Greenberg absent) superintendent Jeffrey Marsden’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget for Wrentham Schools. The budget, which Marsden said was to keep level services, has an increase of 6.2 percent in funding requests, or $592,981. The revenue provided for the budget is estimated, especially since over $3.6 million of the budget is assumed from Chapter 70 State Funds. The Massachusets House and Senate haven't yet approved numbers for the funding. Marsden said it could change. “We still don’t really know what those numbers are going to be,” he said. “It’s predicated on the tax increases put forth by the governor, in the additional tax package that he’s proposing…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wrentham superintended of schools Jeffrey Marsden gets high marks from the committee. Marsden is a finalist for the Medfield superintendent position.
Wrentham’s superintendent received high marks for the 2012 year. The Wrentham School Committee rated superintendent Jeffrey Marsden’s performance for the 2012-2013 school year and gave him a 6.7 out of 7 rating for the year. Marsden is one of three finalists for the Medfield superintendent's position. “I think he does a fantastic job,” said school committee member Lynn Desrochers. “It was actually very easy to go through this. It was hard not to give all sevens, but realizing that nobody’s perfect, I think a 6.7 is as high as you can get.” Committee members had much praise for Marsden and what he brought to the district during his tenure in Wrentham. “I think the overall rating reflects what he’s brought to the district,” school committee …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Wrentham places bronze in the USDA's Healthier schools initiative.
The Wrentham School District was awarded the bronze medal award from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge. “Only four percent of schools in the country get this designation,” said superintendent Jeffrey Marsden. “That really speaks to the commitment our food service has to providing great food to our kids.” The HUSSC is an initiative that was established in 2004 to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. The program was a volunteer initiative and was submitted by food services director Judy White. “It’s really a focus on improving the quality of food, while improving …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
New security measures implemented in the Wrentham district.
The Wrentham School District has been improving security measures in many of the schools. Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden said that panic buttons have been installed in the Delany and Roberts schools, as well as concave mirrors at the office entrances to allow staff to see who’s coming through the doors. Marsden added that they are still working on getting bids to change the construction of the Delaney School so that all visitors must go through the office before going into the school. The schools also performed a lockdown drill recently and Marsden said it went very well. “Even the police officers were amazed,” he said. “Every classroom, you could not see a kid or a teacher in there. We walked around the entire district.” School …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The following is a list of meetings in Wrentham, Plainville and Norfolk.
The following is a list of upcoming meetings this week. Monday, Feb. 4: The Wrentham Town Government Study Committee will be meeting at town hall at 7 p.m. They will be discussing the plans for the presentation of the plan to the public Feb. 11. The Norfolk Recreation Commission will be meeting at the recreation office at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5: Wrentham Selectmen will be meeting at town hall at 6:45 p.m. On the agenda is a meeting with the finance committee in an open session. They will also be discussing street lights and discussing dates for town meeting. The full agenda is available at wrentham.ma.us. The Wrentham School Committee will be meeting at the Roderick School at 7 p.m. The Fiske Public Library Committee will have their …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The following is a summary of items discussed at the Wrentham School Committee Meeting on Jan. 15.
The Wrentham School Committee met on Tuesday and discussed improving school security in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in December. The committee also discussed the 2013-2014 school calendar. Superintendent Jeff Marsden said that Wrentham will start school after Labor Day this year and end (without any snow days) around June 17. The committee also started budget deliberations. According to Marsden, a level-services budget without any salary increases will be 4.21 percent (about $400,000) higher. The committee also discussed the new superintendent evaluation form the state will require for the next year. Marsden also discussed the new standards the district will face in the MCAS tests in which a school’s level is determined not by …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wrentham School Superintendent Jeff Marsden said Tuesday night the schools are doing well, but they are working on improvements on the high need students' scores.
The Wrentham School Committee discussed the ramifications of the in the Department of Education and Secondary Education Accountability System Tuesday night. The state required before that all schools have a 100 percent proficient rating in their MCAS scores by 2014, but now they are judged by all their students’ subgroups yearly progress and the decrease of achievement gaps, under the new Race to the Top initiative. Superintendent Jeff Marsden said while the new system is better, Wrentham’s rating will go from a level 1 district to a level to a level 2 because of the way subgroups impact the rating. “If you remember [The No Child Left Behind policy] required 100 percent proficiency,” he said. “I’ve stood here before talking about how it …