January 2018

January 31, 2018

Dear Members Of The Georgetown Community:

The holidays are over (and hopefully the snow), and everyone is back into the routine of teaching, coaching, and learning. Much has happened since I last posted. Seeing that we are smack dab in the middle of budget season, I will start with an audit of special education grants that I endured earlier in the month. The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education audited two grants, the IDEA Grant and the Program Improvement Grant, for compliance over three days. I am happy to report that there were no findings, and all money was spent as it should have been.

Your SEPAC has been extremely busy. It began its training series focusing on struggling readers. There have been two workshops thus far, and all reports are that they have been informative and well attended. Another workshop was offered on knowing your rights under special education law. Although attendance wasn’t as strong for this particular training, those who were there learned lots about the special education process. Lastly, the SEPAC celebrated their achievements at a holiday gathering. As always, there was plenty of good cheer!

Katelin Kennedy and Amanda Harding attended a meeting with EI (Early Intervention) leadership, along with administrators from several other school districts. Everyone had the opportunity to discuss how to make the transition from EI to Pre-School more cohesive, and each side was able to talk about ways of improving programming for our youngest students. On the other end of the spectrum, a team of special education personnel attended a two – day workshop on improving transition planning for students moving on to further their education, or into the work force. The team reported back on lots of new strategies, and how they can better partner with students, parents, and outside agencies to make this a successful endeavor for all involved.

I had the opportunity to meet with members of the Autism Commission, hosted by CREST Collaborative. I am thrilled to say that I learned about several new resources for students on the autism spectrum, and I collected a significant amount of information that I can share with parents.

We have been extremely busy this past month, evaluating teachers and programs, completing the budget process, and, believe it or not, preparing for summer school and the 2018 – 2019 school year. As always, I appreciate your thoughts and input, so feel free to reach out to me at any time.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

 

Jack Tiano

Director of Student Services