TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury School Committee met on July 20, 2022 at TMHS. All members were present.
The committee opened the meeting by recognizing two awards. The Ginsburg Family Award, which honors an individual or group who has had a significant impact on Tewksbury Public Schools, was awarded to the TMHS Chapter of Best Buddies.
Program manager Brian Aylward accepted the award on behalf of the club.
“This program in particular is a huge source of pride for me and for the children I have been able to work with over the years,” he said.
The committee also awarded TMHS social studies professor Scott Callanan the Krissy Polimeno Outstanding Educator Award. Callanan was nominated by former TMHS manager Jon Bernard, who praised Callanan’s kindness and thoughtfulness.
“I chose to name him because he cares about his students,” he said.
In her monthly report, Superintendent Brenda Theriault-Regan shared some changes to administrative assignments in the district. In addition to Trahan’s principal, Jay Harding, who will take over as principal of the Centre’s new elementary school, Robert Rogers, 19, a teacher at Ryan School, will move to the Center to take up the position of vice-principal.
Rogers will help Harding oversee North Street and Trahan schools ahead of the mid-year move to the new school in January. Dewing School Principal Terry Gerrish will replace Felicia Cenanovic as Heath Brook School Principal, and Dewing Deputy Principal Alexis Bosworth will take over.
Thériault-Regan noted that the district has dozens of vacancies it is trying to fill.
Thériault-Regan said she plans to do some data collection in her new role as superintendent. She will host forums beginning in August with community stakeholders and will be joined by new Deputy Superintendent Lori McDermott.
McDermott shared that she was able to tour the new elementary school and is thrilled to have an office in the building. She also reported that the district hopes to secure an early literacy grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for students in kindergarten through grade 3, and has received a grant for a summer acceleration academy for help students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic deal with learning loss, by providing personalized and personalized support.
She also shared about two successful ongoing summer programs, including a high school-run children’s theater program and the Tewksbury Police Department Junior Police Academy.
Assistant Business Manager Eileen Osborne updated the committee on several summer projects, including new gymnasium light fixtures, camera upgrades at TMHS, lighting upgrades and a stage replacement at TMHS McGrath Performing Arts Center and roofing work at Wynn Middle School
In committee reports, member Nick Parsons indicated that the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee will be hosting a summer social and also assisting with kindergarten orientation to meet with parents. The committee also discussed the work of the Policy Sub-Committee, which works to update TPS policies.
The subcommittee focused primarily on making minor changes and updating legal language; the only significant areas of change were in finance and budgeting.
The committee approved the 8th grade school trip from Wynn Middle School to Washington, DC.
The committee conducted its year-end evaluation of Superintendent Thériault-Regan’s four-month term. Members rated it individually and found that it met and exceeded expectations in certain categories.
Members highlighted the need for communication and asked Theriault-Regan to focus on “keeping families and staff informed of expectations and, if necessary, providing updates on any potential changes,” the company said. President Bridget Garabedian.
The next meeting is scheduled for August 17, 2022. The meeting can be viewed on Comcast Channel 22 and Verizon Channel 34. Residents can find previously recorded meetings on youtube.com/TewksburyTV.