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John P. Phelan, Superintendent of Schools

In every entry you will find news from the schools as well as entries that will be staples in each edition, such as Teaching and Learning, School Committee Updates, and Good News.  We hope to highlight our staff, students, and this amazing community we are all part of.  There is a tremendous amount of activity in every school in Belmont, and we are proud to share it through this newsletter and the BPS website.

John P. Phelan,
Superintendent of Schools 
email: jphelanblog@belmont.k12.ma.us

Superintendent's Newsletters

March 12 Newsletter

date 3/12/2015

We are getting closer to spring:  Daylight Savings Time began, St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, and the Red Sox are at spring training.  My thanks again to the Custodial and Maintenance staff for cleaning up after this relentless winter.  Our staff is continually looking at the safety of our school roofs, and we have had the roofs reviewed by an engineer and a roofing expert.  Snow banks narrowed some streets to one lane which greatly increased traffic for all commuters, resulting in delays for school buses getting to school.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation in the safe transportation of students to and from school.  

Quote of the Month:  “Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”
― Confucius


The School Committee discussed the FY16 budget at the March 10, 2015 meeting.  School Committee members and the Central Office Leadership Team have scheduled nine (9) meetings for the public to hear and see the information on what next year will look like if we are to implement the Financial Task Force (FTF) Budget or we are forced to implement the Available Revenue Budget. Please see link to the budget presentation

As you know these two scenarios mark a stark difference in what our schools will look like next year.  The FTF budget will bring our funding to a point of support in areas that have caused our district to be in deficit over the last two years and would bring on additional positions to support our students and staff as we grapple with the ever increasing enrollment wave of students.  The Available Revenue budget will result in a $1.7 million deficit that would result in the reduction of 27.6 staff members ranging for teachers, aides, clerks, administrators, and facilities staff.

Given the severity of these potential reductions we urge parents to attend one of the scheduled meetings and review the budget presentation online to get informed.

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Message About the Condition of our School Building Roofs

date 2/22/2015

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff:

I hope you all survived the snow and cold this week. I want to let you know that the Belmont Public Schools are open and ready for teaching and learning tomorrow, Monday, February 23, 2015. 

The last few storms have been challenging and I am

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February 12 Newsletter

date 2/12/2015
What a month it has been with record snowfall here in Massachusetts.  We are hearty New Englanders, but the weather of late has tested even the best of the best.  Although there is snow on our shoes and frost on our fingers, we are warmed by the recent Super bowl win by the Patriots—Congrats Pats!  If there was a Super bowl for snow, we would have won that.  Right about now we are all feeling a little bit like we are in the movie “Groundhog Day”, and unfortunately, the groundhog did see his shadow so there appears to be no shortcut to spring.  In spite of the weather (or maybe because of it?), have a wonderful February Recess, and here’s hoping when we return we are that much closer to seeing the shadow of spring flowers instead of groundhogs.

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January 30th Newsletter

date 1/30/2015

As you know the amount of snow we received earlier in the week was extraordinary and troublesome to plow, shovel and remove.  The Belmont Public schools custodian and facilities department members were extraordinary in their efforts to ensure our schools were ready to open.  Thanks to them and to our Director of Facilities Gerry Boyle and Assistant Director of Facilities Fred Domenici for their leadership.  In addition, my thanks to out to our town Department of Public Works for such a well-coordinated effort under such difficult conditions, and our residents who cleared the sidewalks for our students to be able to get to school.

Please take care in coming to schools, as some sidewalks may still be impassable and the high snow limiting visibility for walkers and cars on the roads.

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The 2015 Blizzard

date 1/28/2015

I hope you all were able to stay safe and warm during the 2015 Blizzard. 

We are happy to announce that all Belmont Public Schools will be open tomorrow – Thursday, January 29, 2015 at our regular time.

As you know that the amount of snow was extraordinary and troublesome to plow, shovel, and remove. I would like to personally thank the Belmont Public Schools custodian and facilities department members who worked hard to ensure our schools were ready to open. 

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