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June Newsletter

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The end of the school year brings much anticipation, more than a little nervousness, and the promise of future plans.  BMR graduated 114 members of the Class of 2017 on another perfect Friday evening on June 2, 2017.  Dr. Michael Hill, a member of the Class of 2006, gave an inspiring and articulate commencement speech with advice that was as sound as it was humorous; one commencement speech that every member of the audience could relate to.

We are pleased to announce that one of our own teachers, Dr. Kathy Boisvert who teaches pre-school at Millville Elementary School, was honored on June 15, 2017 at a ceremony at the State House as one of the five finalists for the Massachusetts 2018 Teacher of the Year award.  We are proud of the work the Dr. Boisvert does for our students each day and congratulate her on this recognition.

We are still in the midst of setting the FY18 Budget and to that end, the Town of Millville will hold a Special Town Meeting on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 7:00pm at Millville Elementary School to reconsider their assessment.  The District encourages all voters to attend and child care will be provided.

Our General Fund Budget has grown over the past eight years by an average of 0.6% per year and in four of those years from 2009 to 2017, the budget was actually reduced or less than the year before.  This pattern cannot continue if we want to remain a competitive choice for students and parents.  The technology and curriculum needs are far too great, the instructional software and operational needs of the District do not remain static, and the state and federal mandates from science standards to English Language Learners to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of every student require additional incremental support each and every year.  I would ask that all members of our educational community and the communities at large remain committed to the District’s growth as in August we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District.  We have accomplished much and we have much to be proud of; and for the long term viability of education in Blackstone and Millville we need all to recognize the continued financial commitment of all.

My best wishes for a safe and productive end of the school year for students, faculty, and parents with the last day of school being a half day on Wednesday June 21, 2017.  Happy summer to all.