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School Committee Update

by Stephanie Hall, Chair – Sandwich School Committee

May 30, 2017

Hello from the Sandwich School Committee!

While there are lots of Sporting Events and Field Trips…the Prom & Graduation to enjoy right now, we also wanted to give you a quick update from our table so you are ‘in the know’ on a district level too.

We are planning to discuss two important items at our meetings through the end of June, among others.  The first is the planned move for the School for Early Learning from their long-time home in the portables behind the Wing School to the Forestdale School.  Plans for this move have been underway since the elementary Reconfiguration in 2014 but were put on hold last year, pending the need for additional financial and infrastructure review.  This review is complete and we will be discussing this move during our meeting on 6/7/17.

Our second task is the planned lease of a portion of the Wing School to the Cape Cod Collaborative.  The Collaborative is an organization made up of member districts (including Sandwich) which seeks to provide special educational services to students that are not available in their home district.  The Collaborative will be using part of the Wing facility for their program called the Waypoint Academy and the lease term will be for three years.  John Giorgio, the attorney for the Town of Sandwich, has been assisting the school district with all aspects of our efforts with the Collaborative.  Below is a timeline of important details and upcoming votes for this project:

5/24/17 – First reading of the Wing/Collaborative Letter of Intent (LOI) – summary of  financial details.

6/7/17 –  Second reading of the Wing/Collaborative LOI – vote required

Review of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the School Committee and Board of Selectman – School Committee will retain custody of Wing for purposes of this lease.

6/15/17 – School Committee participates in Tri-Board meeting with Board of Selectman and Finance Committee – review of the MOU regarding custody of Wing and lease details AND FY19 Budget assumption discussion.

6/21/17 – School Committee will vote to retain custody of Wing School Committee will vote on Wing/Collaborative lease agreement, effective July 1, 2017.

As always, all Town committee meetings have public forums, which is an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts.  The upcoming School Committee meetings, 6/7/17 and 6/21/17 will each have two public forums.  These meetings begin at 7pm and are held on the 2nd floor of the Sandwich Town Hall.  You can also contact the School Committee at any time via email –


All our best for a Happy, Relaxing Summer!