the city throughout October, will give the Superintendent valuable insight as she prepares an Entry Plan and Five-Year Strategy Plan for the 17,300-student school district.
“The purpose of the Superintendent Forums is to empower parents and community members to vocalize what they want to see in their Brockton Public Schools,” Smith said. “It is very important that all voices are heard as we chart our direction for the next several years. I encourage all to share their thoughts, ideas and feedback with us as we move forward.”
The first forum will be held Wednesday, October 9th at 6 p.m. at North Middle School. Additional forums will be held on successive Wednesday evenings - Oct. 16th at South Middle School, Oct. 23 at East Middle School and Oct. 30th at West Middle School. Portuguese translators will be on hand at the Oct. 23rd meeting at East Middle School. Mrs. Smith will meet with French-speaking parents at the Oct. 10th Parents’ Academy Forum at the Baker School, and with Spanish-speaking parents at the Oct. 15th Parents’ Academy Forum at the George School. Translators will be present at both of those meetings, as well.
“My focus during the first months of my superintendency is to reach out to the different groups in the city and ensure that everyone has a voice in the district’s long-term planning process,” the Superintendent said. “The Brockton Public Schools is experiencing enormous growth in enrollment at a time when there are a number of new state and federal educational initiatives that are being implemented. It is imperative that parents, educators, community members and stakeholders work together to create a shared vision for our school community and our students.”
During the forums, the superintendent will be asking parents how they feel about programmatic offerings – everything from access to PreK programs to special education, talented & gifted courses, foreign language and arts, music and athletics. Smith said she expects to have honest and open dialogue about school safety, class size levels and building capacity. Parents and community members who cannot be present at one of the forums may view them on Brockton Community Access Channel 12 or fill out an online Superintendent Survey by clicking here.
“The time to act is now. Our children deserve the best, and we need to have a plan not just for how we are meeting their needs today, but how we will continue to grow and evolve to meet their needs for the future,” Smith said.
In addition to the Superintendent Forums, Superintendent Smith has convened a Transition Team of community stakeholders and Brockton Public Schools employees and students to analyze and make recommendations. The Transition Team is chaired by Lasell College Professor and former School Committee Member Richard Bath and includes representatives from local colleges and universities, business owners and leaders, civic and community groups. The Transition Team has been divided into five key areas of focus: Learning & Teaching, Culture & Context, Operations & Finance, Organizational Efficiencies & Effectiveness and Youth Voice.
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