Thursday, February 14, 2019

Memorial Building Project Update!

The Memorial School Building Committee (MSBC) has been hard at work over the past few months collaborating with the Design and Project Management Team on the development of more detailed design specifications that will be used to refine estimates and guide construction.  In accordance with the MSBA project development plan, MERSD will be submitting three design progress reports with increasing levels of detail before the final approval in late summer. Through each phase, the team engages in both a design refinement and cost management process to ensure the building not only meets our educational needs but also stays on budget.




Project Timeline:  Construction will begin in the summer of 2019 and end in the fall/winter of 2021 with students in their new classroom spaces by fall of 2020 and, common/administrative spaces (e.g., gym, cafeteria, main office) being completed during the 2020-2021 school year. Demolition will occur during the summer when school is not in session.  During construction, students will be housed in the current Memorial School building and moved to the new classroom space by Fall 2020.  A full phasing and safety plan is under development and will be communicated in early May. 





Community Input:  MERSD will be hosting a Community Meeting March 13th at 7:00pm at the Manchester Memorial School.  The meeting provides an opportunity to keep the Manchester and Essex communities up-to-date on the process and to gather feedback.  Topics will include a design update, an overview of project phasing, and a construction timeline. For more information, including drafted architectural designs for the proposed building, budget information please visit the Memorial School Building Committee webpage.





Thursday, January 31, 2019

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration!

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH FROM 730AM-330PM IN THE FRONT LOBBY OF YOUR RESPECTIVE SCHOOL. CHILDREN WHO ARE AGE FIVE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 ARE ELIGIBLE.

PLEASE BRING A COPY OF YOUR CHILDS’ BIRTH CERTIFICATE, YOUR PICTURE I.D AND YOUR PROOF OF RESIDENCY LETTER (SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFO).

PRIOR TO REGISTRATION, YOU MUST ESTABLISH PROOF OF RESIDENCY.  PLEASE VISIT THE MERSD RESIDENCY PAGE FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

IF POSSIBLE PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO REGISTRATION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING THEM AT OUR UPCOMING KINDERGARTEN SCREENING.



FEEL FREE TO CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS

ESSEX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MAGGIE MORRISS 978-768-7324

MANCHESTER MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CINDY DODGE 978-526-1908 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Public Hearing on the FY20 Budget!

Public Hearing on the FY20 Budget
January 29th  @ 7:00pm 
Essex Elementary School Cafeteria

Presentation of the FY20Budget followed by public input. This is an opportunity for the community to learn, ask questions, and provide feedback about our preliminary budget for FY20. 

Manchester Essex Regional School District (MERSD) is committed to a collaborative approach to budget planning.  Throughout each budget season, we work cooperatively with the Boards of Selectman and Finance in both Essex and Manchester meeting regularly to provide on-going progress reports on our planning process and multi-year outlook.  

Budget Goals for FY20
  • Develop and deliver a fiscally responsible budget that maintains educational quality, supports District goals, and recognizes the confines of Proposition 2 ½. 
  • Manage Enrollment
    • Strive to meet School Committee class size guidelines
    • Serve increasingly diverse student educational needs
  • Exercise fiscal responsibility
    • Seek internal efficiencies to offset growth needs when possible
  • Meet local, state and federal responsibilities while controlling growth

Please visit our Finance & Operations page for information about our budget process, a complete budget season calendar, and links to our strategic plan which outlines the work going on in the district. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Message from The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library

A Message from The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library has begun our five-year strategic planning to assess how we can best serve the needs of the public. You are invited to contribute to this process by answering questions in a ten-minute survey of the Strategic Planning Committee. By answering multiple choice questions, you can provide your own personal experiences with the library and detail if your needs are being met. 

All information compiled will be kept strictly confidential. Your responses will help the Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library to continually improve its services and form priorities for 2020-2025. Thank you! 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5GKHLMM

Monday, January 14, 2019

Coordinated Program Review

During the week of January 21, 2018, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Manchester-Essex Regional School District. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations. 

Parents and other individuals may call Joan Brinkerhoff, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3715 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.


Click here for more information about the Coordinated Program Review


MERSD 2019-2020 Preschool Program Screening

Manchester Essex Regional School District
2019-2020 Preschool Program Screening
Friday, January 25, 2019
At Manchester Memorial School
43 Lincoln Street, Manchester, MA
This is a combined screening to assess three and four-year-olds from Manchester and Essex who present with possible developmental delays and may require Special Education or who wish to be considered as a Preschool Peer Pal for 2019-2020.
 
To schedule an appointment, call Student Services at 978-525-6060


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Latest Issue of the Independent!

The December issue of the MERHS Independent is now available on the MERHS website. In this issue...Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Training, student-athlete signing ceremony, the NEASC visit, Dramafest, and more.