Diversity in Hiring Report
- Director of Human Resources Robert Spiegel presented the annual staffing report on new hires and demographic data.
- 67 of 83 new educators have at least a master’s degree.
- The district is still more white than the student population. The goal is to increase diversity to better represent students.
- Strategic priority two focuses on recruiting and retaining diverse staff. Initiatives include networking events and hiring fairs.
- Director of Research, Data, and Accountability Mathew Coleman presented outcomes data focused on focal student groups: students with IEPs, Black students, Hispanic/Latinx students, LGBTQIA+ students, English learners, and low-income students.
- Students are enrolling in advanced courses but focal groups are underrepresented.
- Sense of belonging is decreasing, especially at the secondary level.
- Mental health concerns are higher for female, gender diverse, LGBTQIA+, and Hispanic/Latinx students.
- Chronic absenteeism is significantly higher for focal groups.
- Gaps persist in elementary ELA achievement. A new ELA curriculum is being piloted in K-5.
- Equity of access remains an area of focus.
- Elementary ELA curriculum implementation is underway. Coaches report students are excited and using new language.
- The district received a $10,000 Safe and Supportive Schools grant.
- Two new electric school buses were celebrated.
- The professional development platform rollout was successful.
- Arlington was selected as a 2023 Mass Save Climate Leader.
School Committee Business
- Paul Schlichtman was elected as the delegate to the MASC Assembly. Liz Exton was elected as the alternate.
- The committee unanimously approved the APS/AEA MOA on the grade 3 stipend.
- The consent agenda was approved.
- Liaison reports were given. The next Facilities Subcommittee meeting is November 2nd. The next Policy & Procedures Subcommittee meeting is TBD. The Building Committee will arrange a school tour in late October.