2011-05-12 / News

Teachers recognized for ‘rigorous’ work

By Geoff Campbell

Jamestown Town Council member Michael White, who is also the liaison to the Jamestown School Committee, read a proclamation recognizing the “rigorous and relevant” work of all Jamestown teachers at last week’s School Committee meeting.

The proclamation said that the town’s teachers are essential members of the partnership between the schools and the community; that they are committed to providing rigorous and relevant curriculum that prepares students to be lifelong learners, problem solvers and decision makers; that they strive daily to provide a healthy, stable learning environment for children; and that they should be accorded high public esteem, reflecting the value of community places on public education.

The Town Council proclaimed that May 2 through May 6 be Teacher Appreciation Week in Jamestown and urged all citizens to pay tribute to the island’s teachers.

In other business, the School Committee passed the District Title I Parent Involvement Policy that had been revised to better meet Title I requirements.

Superintendent Marcia Lukon explained that a Title I policy review by the Rhode Island Department of Education indicated that the policy that was in place did not contain the required language. Lukon explained that the revisions allowed the district to maintain the essence of the original policy, add the required language and avoid writing an additional policy. The revised policy was adopted unanimously.

The final item of business included the unanimous appointment of committee member Sav Rebecchi to the position of School Committee liaison to the Special Education Local Advisory Committee. SELAC is comprised of teachers and parents of students receiving special education services and meets monthly to discuss issues pertaining to special education.

The next business meeting of the Jamestown School Committee will be on Thursday, May 19; the next workshop meeting will be on June 2. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. at Melrose Avenue School.

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