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Message from the Superintendent                                                                January 2, 2014

A Message to all Parents, Students, and Staff:

Welcome back from the December break and Happy New Year 2014!  I hope you were blessed with safe and happy holidays with family and friends!

We have started 2014 with snowfall and extreme cold that has impacted the school schedule, so it is important to review the protocol used for making the decision associated with school delay and cancellation.  In all cases, the safety of students is paramount in making this decision.

As soon as inclement weather is predicted, I am monitoring the forecast on a regular basis via media weather reports, on-line weather information, and a weather service contracted by the school district.  The weather service provides me with updated information via email, and contacts me by telephone in the morning on the day when inclement weather is expected.

I am up at 4:30 AM reviewing weather forecasts and road conditions.  I receive the call from the weather service with the forecast, and then I contact the city’s department of public works who provide me information on road conditions and the status of the sanding and plowing operation.

Next, we have a group of North Central Massachusetts superintendents who share weather and road condition information to assist each other in making the decision on whether to start school on time, delay by two hours, or cancel school.  When all of this information is gathered, I am able to make a decision by 5:15 – 5:30 AM.  I make the decision as early as possible to contact our school bus contractor and provide adequate time for parents to plan and make necessary arrangements for child care, and for school staff, who do not live in the immediate area, to safely travel to school.  

If the decision is for the school day to be delayed or cancelled, an automated message is sent out via our SchoolMessenger notification system and every student and staff household receives an automated telephone message, within minutes, informing you of the decision.  In addition, members of the central office staff contact local TV and radio stations. 

If you have not received a message or have stopped receiving messages, please inform the office personnel of the school your student attends and the staff will make the changes to input or correct your contact information in the system.  In the case of school staff members, all changes should be communicated to human resources.

At times, despite the amount of data gathered, the weather may change.  Unfortunately, I cannot control the weather and the decisions we make will not always meet everyone’s expectations.  We work hard in our collaboration with the city’s department of public works and emergency management services to make the right decision for the safety of students and staff.

Jim Jolicoeur, Superintendent of Schools

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James Jolicoeur, Superintendent
Leominster Public Schools
 24 Church Street
Leominster, MA 01453
978.534.7700


Feedback

To: Members of the School Community and the Leominster Community at-large

As we enter the second half of the 2011-2012 school year and begin the FY 2013 budget process, I am interested in reading your ideas, thoughts, and concerns about the Leominster Public Schools. In addition, if you have any cost saving ideas that can be considered in the next fiscal year budget, please feel free to send them along to me.

Please send your feedback to:suptfeedback@leominster.mec.edu

I appreciate your participation and assistance. 

Jim Jolicoeur, Superintendent of Schools
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