The committee unanimously voted to approve submission of a statement of intent to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for Hastings School. Pending approval by the board of selectmen on Jan. 6, this statement of intent notifies the MSBA that Lexington could apply for future building projects for Hastings.
The committee also heard a report of the district’s MCAS results, which continue to outperform many comparable towns. There was discussion of the new PARCC assessment, which reflects the Common Core State Standards. Some classrooms in Lexington (none at Hastings) will participate in field testing of PARCC this spring. The state has delayed commitment to full implementation of PARCC and will revisit the possibility of transitioning from MCAS.
The committee voted to enter discussion of a potential new contract for Dr. Ash. Other agenda items included an update on the K-5 space options working group, a report from the solar task force, and presentation of the transition plan for Estabrook’s new building, which will open after February break.
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