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School Committee, October 12, 2023


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.

Outcomes Report

  • 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.

Superintendent’s Report

  • 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.



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