Dear Frontier Regional and Union 38 Stakeholders, Families, and Staff,
As our school districts enter into the FY 2019 budget season, I would like you to know that without the support of our towns and taxpayers, we would not be able to provide the level of education that distinguishes Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts from our peers.
We are fortunate in that our towns are generous with their support for our students. We strive to ensure our funding is providing the very best educational services possible. Our students have benefited from your support in many ways but most importantly through your support of our high quality teaching and support staff. These employees work diligently all year with our students to ensure they have the opportunities to learn to their highest potential.
Our administration team is second to none. Under the direction of our Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Directors monies from our Title II A grants have supported high quality teacher professional development and collaboration across our schools. Our Technology Director has worked with our school principals to establish a one-to-one computing model at Frontier Regional and a one-to-three computing model in the elementary schools. Elementary teachers across the Union 38 schools collaborated to develop a clear and meaningful standards based report card system for parents to have a true understanding of their child’s mastery of the standards. Our students in grades 3 to 8 were one of the first groups in the state to successfully engage in on-line testing for all grades on the MCAS Assessment. Our Early Education Coordinator, with the district Pre-Kindergarten teachers initiated a full day Pre-Kindergarten program with optional after care at all four of our elementary schools which has become a model for the state. Our Special Education Director has spearheaded a Special Education Task Force where a group of special education and regular education teachers work together on decreasing the impact of a student’s disability while increasing participation in the classroom environment by embracing the notion of one system of support for all.
Keeping in mind our desire to continue this level of excellence in FY 2019 with balancing the understanding that funding from federal and state sources is continuing to decrease, we have worked hard to develop a budget that is sustainable for our stakeholders and yet meets the needs of our students.
We provide the highest quality educational experience for our students and our schools are well regarded and are looked to as leaders in Massachusetts. We would not have this level of success without the ongoing support of School Committees, Finance Committees, Select Boards, and taxpayers of our towns. We appreciate and thank you for your support.
Sincerely, Lynn M. Carey, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools