Summer is typically a quiet time for news developments for the Bristol Public Schools, but this month saw several important developments.
- At the July BOE meeting, a lengthy discussion of the feasibility study occurred. The BOE voted for Option 1, the “do nothing” choice of continuing to keep the current school configuration but also open an Arts Magnet School at MBMS. In the revealing discussion, reported in the Bristol Press here, the BOE members admit that the opening of a new magnet school will likely lead to the closing of one or more other schools (such as Edgewood or Stafford) to offset costs, entertain the idea of consolidating high schools, and raise the proposition of also opening a STEM school. Several teachers spoke and echoed concerns of staff (see Bristol Press article here). A video of the full meeting can be viewed on Nutmeg TV here.
- The BOE also voted to adopt a new School Climate Policy, which can be read in full here.
- A clerical error has cost the district, which is already operating in the red, almost $500,000. Here is the Bristol Press article, and here is the Bristol Observer article.