Monday, April 22, 2013
The Boston Marathon bombing a week ago left three dead and more than 170 wounded.
Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzbeg sent the following letter to parents of Braintree Public Schools students as they prepared to return to school after a week away that was rocked by the tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombing. See an interview with the superintendent here: http://braintree.patch.com/articles/braintree-students-needs-in-wake-of-marathon-bombing-direct-support-measures Dear Parents, This is Peter Kurzberg, Superintendent of Schools, with a message for all parents. We will be returning to school tomorrow after a very difficult spring vacation. Our hearts break for the victims and their families who have been directly impacted by the senseless killing and injuries of innocent children and adults. We know that many Braintree …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The K-12 Braintree artwork will be displayed through April 11 near Macy's.
The Braintree Public Schools Art Department and the South Shore Plaza proudly presents the annual K-12 Student Art Exhibition. Student art work will be on view near Macy's from 4 p.m. Monday, April 1 through 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2013.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The end of school seems like a long way off, but it's only three months away.
Including Tuesday's snowstorm-turned-sleet-fest, hazardous weather this winter has caused Braintree Public Schools to cancel school four times That, along with cancellations because of the November election and Hurricane Sandy, has pushed back the final days of school nearly to July. The last day for K-9 is now June 25, Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg said. For grades 10 and 11 it is June 26. Barring another, post-winter storm or some other freak happening, those days look like the start of summer vacation for Braintree students, only a few days past the actual start of summer. What's your take? Would you rather have a day off in the middle of winter or get out earlier in June? Tell us in the comments below.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Former Braintree Director of Guidance Anthony King passed away suddenly last August.
The community of the Braintree Public Schools is proud to announce the creation of the Anthony T. King Scholarship and the dedication of the Braintree High School Guidance Suite in honor of Anthony T. King, Director of Guidance. For thirty-five consecutive years, Mr. King devoted himself selflessly to thousands of Braintree students, families, faculty and staff, sharing with them, in the words of his beloved wife and colleague, Jane Kreinsen-King, “his wise and caring counsel and his expert advice.” Mr. King’s unexpected death on August 16, 2012, left all of us who knew him or felt his influence, heartbroken. Mr. King touched us all, from the young to the seasoned, with his humor, his tireless work ethic, his integrity, and his …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Contract negotiations between educators and the district are ongoing and will likely change the budget proposal.
A level-service Braintree Public Schools budget for fiscal year 2014 could mean a $2 million increase over this year. However, several factors may shift that number, most significantly the ongoing contract negotiations between teachers and other school employees and the district. Federal and state funding levels have also yet to be set for the year starting July 1. The preliminary budget that Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg presented to the School Committee Monday night totalled $53,863,140, up over the current fiscal year by $1,962,894. That hike includes more than $900,000 for the 367 staff members eligible for step increases and nearly $800,000 in additional funding for special education, but does not include a number for negotiated …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Do you have a question about something in Braintree? Comment on this article or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With nearly 400 Facebook members, the group Braintree Full-Day Kindergarten often hosts lively virtual discussions on topics ranging from space needs to after-school options, and even serves as a place for parents to connect on sharing rides and play dates. Recently, a question about bringing special foods into the classroom stirred up a healthy discussion (pun-intended) about what the policy should be in Braintree. The vast majority of those weighing in said that treats should be allowed, for events like birthday parties and holidays. But there was also some concern about food allergies and the message that celebration requires junk food. To provide clarification on what is and what is not allowed in schools, Braintree Patch contacted …
Monday, February 25, 2013
It could cost $150,000 to make the high school wireless, with East and South to follow.
With a new national assessment of college readiness on the horizon that will take the place of MCAS and encourage the use of more computers and tablets, the expansion of wireless Internet in Braintree Public Schools is a key component of an ongoing technology improvement plan. "It's like having a car that won't shift into third gear," School Committee member Tom Devin said. "It's getting these implements of learning up to full speed." As part of the fiscal year 2014 budget process, department heads have been presenting their funding priorties for review by the School Committee. Among the technology requests put in by Director of Mathematics Dr. William Kendall, along with iPads, projectors and upgraded phone service, is $150,000 to bring …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maureen Murray was selected to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg this July.
Friday, February 22
The Braintree Schools are looking for parent representatives to serve on the Search Committees to fill the following administrative vacancies: Assistant Superintendent of Schools Principal – Flaherty Elementary School Committees composed of parents, teachers, and administrators will begin looking for replacements for these positions. Anyone interested in serving on one of these committees should call the Superintendent’s office at 781-380-0130, ext 100, by March 15, 2013.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Alternate bus routes will remain in place throughout the week.
Tuesday, February 12
The following was posted by school department today: Braintree Public Schools will have a regular opening of school on Wednesday, February 13th but will be continuing with alternate bus routes for the remainder of the week. Clearing of sidewalks will be taking place throughout the town. Please continue to use caution when walking to and standing at bus stops. Parents are urged to continue to drive their children to school and car pool if at all possible. Thank you for your cooperation today. -Peter A. Kurzberg, Ph.D. Superintendent of Braintree Public Schools. Visit http://www.braintreeschools.org/ for alternate bus routes.
The School Committee made the selection Monday night.
The quick choice of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maureen Murray as Braintree's next superintendent starting this summer was a no-brainer for School Committee members. "We have the right person right here," Mayor Joseph Sullivan said. The committee voted unanimously Monday night to appoint Dr. Murray as the replacement for Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg, who announced his upcoming retirement during a meeting last month. Dr. Murray joined Braintree Public Schools in July 2007 as the assistant superintendent. She previously served as the curriculum director in Walpole and worked for many years in Brockton, starting as a special education teacher in 1979 and ending as the director of a federal grant program. The committee was under no …