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Thanksgiving Is A Good Time For Some Appreciation

 In looking back at the last 3.5 years and thinking about the various decisions made by the Groton-Dunstable School Committee, I find myself so appreciative of my fellow board members and all the hard work they have done to better our District.
     Our District has undergone some significant changes that allowed for the reallocation of funds/staff and restructuring of programs. The changes were not easy but did allow our District to better meet the needs of all students in a financially responsible manner.
     This data-driven budget process has allowed full & part- time positions to be added/ reinstated, resulting in an overall positive impacted of our academic performance at a District wide level. Notably, we still have some work to do but I am confident that the progress will continue in the years to come with the advocacy of our School Committee, support from our school community and the stability of our current administration.
     But today, just for a moment I would like to ask our school community to look back at what has taken place over the last 3.5 years in our District under your current school committee’s leadership.
     Our taxpayers have been presented with a District wide Audit in which the School Committee instructed the administration to implement cost-saving measures to fund positions, curriculum, supplies and professional development that was desperately needed in our District.
     Students have support through various positions such as HS Adjustment Counselor, Speech & Language Pathologist, Guidance Counselor, registered nurse, nurse assistant, librarians, summer secretary coverage, expanded MS offerings, MS Adjustment Counselor, Boutwell Special Education Teacher, HS Learning Support Specialist, Clinical Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, Flo Ro/SU Math Interventionalist, Swallow Union Reading Tutor, MS Reading Specialist, lower class sizes Districtwide (especially at lower grade levels), maintenance staff, technology staff, Special Education Consultant, lunch aides, ELL teacher, and Kindergarten assistants. Notably, while also resulting in a decrease in overall staff within our District.
     Our students have the technology infrastructure, devices and support thereof to promote 21st-century learning and better prepare them for our future.
     I am very fortunate to have served with Jennifer McKenzie and Angela Donahue.
     I am very fortunate to currently serve with Brian LeBlanc, Ryan McLane, Whitney Healey, Peter Cronin, Fay Raynor, and Jeff Kubick. I ask my school community members to join me in thanking them for their tireless efforts to better our District, we are indeed lucky to have them.
     If you see any of these folks out and about, let them know their work has not gone unnoticed.
     Thank you and proud to be a part of it.
Marlena Gilbert
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