Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Practice Safety Drill today

Dear Barrows Families;

I am writing to inform you that we participated in a safety drill this morning.  Students and staff did an excellent job responding and staying calm.  The Reading Police Department complimented the participation of students and staff again and are pleased with the high level of safety in our building.  I am proud of our Shining Star students today!

For more information please see the safety resources on our website here:  http://www.edline.net/pages/Alice_M__Barrows_Elementary_Sc/Safety

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. 
Thank you,
Heather Leonard

Heather Leonard, Principal
Barrows Elementary School
16 Edgemont Ave, Reading

Twitter: @BarrowsSchool

Monday, January 11, 2016

Important Budget Information

Superintendent Doherty is providing multiple ways to share information about the FY17 budget to the Reading Community.  A summary of key information is included in his blog post here: 

Additional meetings and information below:

Upcoming Meetings
We will continue to inform Staff and Community about the FY17 Budget Process in this newsletter and the Pathways Blog.  The upcoming budget meetings are as follows:

Reading School Committee Budget Meetings (All Meetings Begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices)
·         Monday, January 11th-Overview of FY17 Budget, Administration and Regular Day Cost Centers
·         Thursday, January 14th-Special Education, District Wide Services
·         Thursday, January 21st-Public Hearing, Town and School Facilities
·         Monday, January 25-Final School Committee Vote

In addition to the meetings above, the Superintendent of Schools will be holding two budget presentations for parents on Tuesday, January 12th (6:30 p.m., Coolidge) and Wednesday, January 13th (6:30 p.m., Parker).  Both presentations will be the same.  Child care will be provided.

There will also be a Financial Forum of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Finance Committee on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Reading Senior Center.  The topic will be the FY17 budget and future budget discussions.  This is a public meeting and all are encouraged to attend.