Wednesday, June 13, 2012
In case you missed it, here are some excerpts from our Live Chat with School Committee chairwoman Angela Harkness.
For those of you who weren't able to make it to Westford Patch's live chat with Westford School Committee chairman Angela Harkness yesterday, here are just a a few of the questions and answers you missed. Hank Where do you think Westford schools are strongest/weakest right now? Angela Harkness The past year has seen fiscal challenges in the School Department as everywhere else. Nevertheless, we have done our best to maintain an excellent school system, and have enjoyed the support of the community in doing so. Our staff and programs are particularly strong. Our curriculum is excellent and exceeds state frameworks. We need to keep improving in order to stay at the top and that means investigating and instituting things like full-day …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Ask your questions here!
You asked for it, and today from noon to 1 p.m., we'll be talking live with Westford School Committee chairwoman Angela Harkness. Ask her your questions here! (Also, please take a look at our Terms of Service, we won't be taking any questions that violate them. Just stick to questions about schools and you'll be okay!)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Westford School Committee chairman Angela Harkness has indicated that the School Committee needs to provide more information.
After this weekend’s announcement from the Westford Education Association, School Committee chairwoman Angela Harkness told Westford Patch on Monday that new measures are now likely necessary in order to break the contract negotiation deadlock. “I’m sort of at a loss where we go from here,” said Harkness. “Obviously we’ll have to continue negotiating, although I’ve been trying to think really hard why the offer was rejected.” Although Harkness stated that she believes neither side wants to see layoffs or reduced programs for students, at this point her belief is that further information is needed to convince the teachers that the School Committee has been earnest in their position that no money is currently available for step increases …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By a 4-3 vote, the School Committee on Monday gave Superintendent Olsen the authority to admit up to 22 out-of-town students for the upcoming school year.
More details on School Choice in Westford Schools next year took shape during Monday night’s School Committee meeting with the number of out-of-district students coming now set at a maximum of 22 following the board’s split 4-3 decision. The reduced number was proposed by Superintendent Bill Olsen and became the main focal point between the arguments that School Choice students were necessary sources of income for the embattled district budget and that out of town students would actually bring more cost than benefit. One of the strongest voices against the motion on was School Committee member Erica Kohl, who reiterated her concerns from the earlier and broader debate over the program regarding the view that the program would lose the …