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The Leicester Public Schools - Skills ~ Knowledge ~ Character
Mission
 Challenging students to develop skills, knowledge, and character to become contributing citizens
Vision
Recognized by the community as its greatest asset, the Leicester Schools engage every child in rigorous and student-centered learning in a safe and technology-rich environment
District Review Report
 In November, 2013, a district review team visited Leicester schools to review all aspects of district operations.  The final report, which includes both commendations and recommendations for continued improvements to our schools, is available on this link.  
Tracey Hippert's China Blog
As part of the US-CHINA School Administrator Shadowing Project, Tracey Hippert, our current middle school assistant principal and high school principal-elect, is traveling to China this month.  Track her trip and learnings by reading her blog through this link
Vote for Leicester Memorial School
Leicester Memorial School is a finalist in the Acer Extreme Technology Makeover contest! We need your vote. Go to this link: http://professional.us.acer.com/edu/campaign/Classroom_Makeover_2013/index.htm Scroll down to the Leicester entry. Click next to the word, "vote," scroll down, include your email, then vote!
NOW ACCEPTING SCHOOL CHOICE APPLICATIONS
Leicester Public Schools accept school choice students in accordance of the Massachusetts School Choice law (General Laws Chapter 76, Section 12B). We are now accepting applications for School Choice for the 2014-2015 school year.  An application can be found on the "links for parents" tab above.  Beginning on April 14th and as we determine the space available in each grade, applications will be chosen at random from the applications submitted.
FY15 Budget
A budget workshop to provide the staffing plan and details on significant non-salary budget lines for the FY15 budget was held on February 27, 2014. The draft budget was then presented at the March 11 School Committee meeting and a budget hearing was held on April 8th. The budget will next be presented with the town budget at the annual town meeting on May 6th. Presentations and budget materials are available on the finance link at left.  
Facilities/Capital Planning
The School Committee has established a Facilities Capital Committee to create a well articulated capital plan that is based upon data provided by a capacity and engineering study of our facilities.  The first three meetings were held on February 10th, March 10th, and April 9th.  The committee will meet again on April 17th to interview firms who are being considered for the facilities study. Members of the committee include:  Judy Paolucci, Mark Armington, Matt Dennison, Kathy Pelley, Don Cherry, Rocky Hyland, Beth Johnson, Eileen Boisvert, Jim Reinke, and Scott Rieder.

Links to the complete RFP and to the pre-proposal presentation are provided below.  Questions about this RFP
 can be directed to Judy Paolucci, Superintendent.  
District Report Card
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released the 2013 school and district report cards. Report cards for each of Leicester's schools are available on the school websites. In these reports, you will find information about each school’s overall performance, information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how each school is performing in relation to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress we are making toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.  The link to the distict report card can be found here.  
Leicester's Plan for Our Future
The "Leicester Future Search" was the first step in our effort to plot out a course for Leicester Schools.  The event led to the draft of a strategic plan, which was adopted at the September School Committee Meeting.  More information about the event and the plan are available below:
  • A 1-minute video recapping the event - See this link
  • Executive summary of the Future Search - click here
  • Strategic Plan Overview - click here.
  • Strategic Plan Goals, Strategic Initiatives, and Key Actions - click here.
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