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  • School Committee, May 09, 2024

    The meeting focused on the effectiveness and response rates of mental health screeners in schools, as well as the successful implementation of the Cartwheel virtual mental health service, which provides immediate support to students. Continue reading

  • School Committee, April 25, 2024

    The Arlington Public Schools School Committee voted unanimously to not participate in the school choice program due to space limitations and decided to continue the practice of heterogeneous grouping in English 9 as a permanent approach to foster inclusion and equity. Continue reading

  • School Committee, April 11, 2024

    Arlington High School students recently participated in inclusion workshops and events such as viewing a solar eclipse, while the school committee approved a nine-day educational trip to Italy for Latin and Italian students. Continue reading

  • School Committee, March 21, 2024

    The Arlington School Committee approved the Superintendent’s budget and the Student Opportunity Act plan, which focuses on supporting diverse student groups, including Black or Hispanic students, those with disabilities, multilingual learners, and low-income households. Continue reading

  • School Committee, March 14, 2024

    The impact of poor air quality on cognition and health was discussed, with a call for Arlington Public Schools to establish an indoor air quality team. Continue reading

  • School Committee, February 29, 2024

    The Arlington Public Schools is set to increase spending by over $3.8 million in FY25 due to salary adjustments and contractual obligations, and is maintaining key roles like the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist while eliminating others like the Director of Leadership Development and Onboarding. Continue reading

  • School Committee, February 08, 2024

    A parent described frustration with the Gibbs School’s clumsy response to the discovery of two spent bullet casings, which inadvertently terrorized parents. Continue reading

  • School Committee, January 11, 2024

    The school committee approved the Gibbs overnight trip for 6th graders, estimating the cost at $512 per student with plans for alternative activities for those not attending. Continue reading

  • School Committee, December 21, 2023

    The Arlington School Committee unanimously approved an amended contract for paraprofessionals that provides pay increases of up to 33%. The contract changes were made possible by a successful override vote. Continue reading

  • School Committee, December 14, 2023

    The superintendent updated the community on recent surveys, the visual arts chair discussed the department’s philosophy, the English learner director presented goals and several principals presented their school improvement plans. Continue reading

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