FY23 Draft Budget Guidelines District Plan Process Review
Victoria L. Greer, Interim Superintendent of Schools
Claire Spinner, Chief Financial Officer
None7c. Consent Agenda:
Be it resolved that the School Committee creates a District Planning committee to provide oversight and support the Superintendent's district planning process; and
Be it further resolved the ad-hoc committee will be dissolved upon the adoption of a new district plan.
Whereas the Cambridge Public School district is committed to engaging parents and caregivers on the academic success of their children; and
Whereas the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides a curriculum framework to all teachers, students, and families with clear and shared expectations for what all students should know and be able to do at the end of an academic year, and
Whereas the framework formalizes the expectation that all students in the Commonwealth meet specific academic benchmarks regardless of their zip code, background, or abilities, and
Whereas these state standards guide instructions within our district, however, the state curriculum frameworks are typically not shared with our parents/caregivers to set expectations of what students should achieve by the end of an academic year; and
Whereas at the beginning of each school year, the district, as well as CPSD schools, send out logistical information that prepares families to start a new school year but limited documentation that focuses on academic goals; now therefore be it
Resolved that the district and/or schools provide parents/caregivers with theMassachusetts Learning Standards, so every CPSD parent/caregiver clearly understands what students are expected to know and achieve by the end of an academic year.
That the School Committee adopt the amended Preliminary School Committee FY23 Budget Calendar.
Report of the November 30, 2021 School Climate Sub-Committee
Report of the December 2, 2021 Buildings and Grounds Sub-Committee
Report of the December 6, 2021 Special Education and Student Supports Sub-Committee
WHEREAS: Vice-Chair Manikka Bowman is concluding her time on the Cambridge School Committee after serving for three terms; and
WHEREAS: Vice-Chair Bowman is leaving the School Committee with a wide range of accomplishments, including: as Vice-Chair she was responsible for appointing Sub-committee leadership, facilitating the public budget process, and serving as a committee representative during bargaining and negotiations with the CEA: and
WHEREAS: Vice-Chair Bowman also led the effort to expand access to sanitary hygiene throughout our schools, ensured that the CPSD budgetary process would be directly connected to the multi-year District-wide plan specifically designed to close the district's opportunity gap, partnered with parents and educators to get air conditioning units in all classrooms that lacked it, worked to ensure that the CPSD's students understood their rights in the CPSD Non-Discrimination Policy, worked to ensure the safety of students and staff throughout the Covid-19 pandemic – and so much more; and
WHEREAS: While Vice-Chair Bowman's time on the School Committee draws to a close, she continues to serve her community in a multitude of ways, especially via her role as Executive Director ofRebuilding Together Boston, and her work shall continue to inspire and empower the next generation of Cambridge residents seeking to make a difference; now therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the School Committee go on record thanking Manikka Bowman for her years of distinguished public service and wishing her the best in all her future endeavors; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Executive Secretary is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to Manikka Bowman on behalf of the entire School Committee.