As we move into the second half of our school year, I’d like to provide you with an update on the school budget, as well as several other ongoing projects in the district.
On December 14th the School Committee approved the FY18 Budget. This budget is the financial expression of the educational vision of the district, and it maintains the goals of our strategic plan. The budget is more than just a financial instrument; it is a shared cooperative effort on the part of the School Committee, the staff, and the community to ensure sound fiscal practices for achieving the educational goals and objectives of the school system. We are confident that the budget that will be presented at the annual Town Meeting in March will allow us to appropriately meet the needs of the district while respecting the financial considerations of the town.
I am also pleased to share this link to the Building Initiatives webpage which provides updated information on several ongoing projects, including the renovation of the Gibbons Middle School, the PreK-3 Expansion initiative, and the Rangers on Track stadium and fields project. The Gibbons School project is proceeding slightly ahead of schedule and within the allocated budget. Students and staff are already enjoying use of some of the newly renovated spaces and equipment. The committee for the PreK-3 Expansion is moving forward toward a clearer determination of the scope of that project. I will keep you updated as this initiative progresses. And finally, our work on plans for the renovation of the athletic fields and facilities at the high school is continuing. A short survey requesting community input on this project will be going out to Westborough residents later this month. We look forward to gathering meaningful input that will help guide decisions on this important project.
I hope you will check back periodically to stay informed about these exciting initiatives. And as always, if you have questions please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Amber Bock, Superintendent