Welcome Back

As the start of the 2018-2019 school year approaches and as I begin my third year as Superintendent of Schools for the HWRSD, it is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the previous school year and look ahead to the new one. The overarching focus of the 17-18 school year was the development of the District’s Five Year Reorganization Plan. The impetus for this plan was a request from both Boards of Selectmen and the School Committee for a long-range vision to effectively deal with declining student enrollment and to more efficiently utilize the District’s resources. The timeline for the plan included the closure of Thornton W. Burgess Middle School at the end of the 17-18 school year and the reconfiguration of Green Meadows School to a PreK-8 facility for 18-19. For more details of additional reorganization action steps for subsequent years, including transitioning grades 7 and 8 to Minnechaug, grade reconfiguration of Wilbraham schools and then eventually the closure of a school in Wilbraham, please visit our website. Also looking ahead to the new year, as well as future years, the HWRSD will be working with the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools (MARS) to update the District’s Strategic Plan. A successful plan helps a school district define what it intends to achieve for student success objectives and organizational goals. It will be a huge undertaking and will involve meetings with stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, administrators, elected officials and community members. We are also looking forward to introducing the District’s redesigned website. We are confident that our new site’s layout will be more informative, interactive, searchable and user friendly, which will help improve communication and provide more in-depth, relevant materials for all users. Members of the HWRSD Leadership Team also reflected on last year and the coming school year and their reports follow. As your Superintendent, I am very proud of the accomplishments achieved during the 17-18 school year, with many more too numerous to list. All of us here in the HWRSD will be ready for opening day and are looking forward to a great 18-19 school year!
Al Ganem Jr.