A message from Superintendent Greulich
As the winter weather finally settles in, and after our first snow event that thankfully (for me) occurred on a weekend, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of how school cancellations or delays are called. Let me begin by saying that it is never an easy call and that not all will ever be pleased with the decision. That said, the superintendents of our collaborative group begin an email chain as soon as we know of pending weather conditions and continually check in with each other.
Please keep in mind that schools that draw regionally (AMSA, Assabet Valley) often close early due to the difficulty of some students from more remote communities getting to/from school safely. I am also in constant contact with a point person from the Department of Public Works who rides the roads and determines the safety of bus routes and the conditions of parking lots and sidewalks. Often a two-hour delay is the answer. Last year we were fortunate to be able to cancel school the night prior, something we all appreciated. The safety of the students getting to school is always carefully weighed against interrupting the flow of education and the prospect of attending school (for all but high school seniors) late into June.
We continue to move through the phases of the elementary building project. Recently, the School Building Committee interviewed two model school architects. In addition, we heard further proposals from our original architect who has worked with us designing a school to fit our vision embedded in a detailed education plan. Model schools were visited and options weighed. For more information, look for updates as available on the School Building Project tab on our website.
Finally, I have announced my intent to retire in June 2018. For the past twenty-five years I have held numerous roles in the Marlborough Public Schools, the most gratifying of which has been serving as your superintendent. I have truly valued the relationships I have formed with students and staff in this District, and especially want to commend the leadership of Mayor Vigeant and the support of the entire School Committee. It is my intent to continue to work hard in meeting my goals and the District goals for the remainder of the school year and to help in any way that I can to transition a successor to this role.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2018!
Maureen Greulich, Superintendent