, Salem, MA


January 31, 2014

Column: Salem's Community Advisory Board forum set for Tuesday


In September 2012, the board sponsored a community meeting on the Salem Public Schools improvement efforts. Mayor Driscoll and Superintendent Stephen Russell discussed turnaround efforts. Roland Fryer, director of Harvard University’s Education Lab, was the keynote speaker.

In January 2013, the board sponsored a community meeting featuring Chris Gabrieli and Jennifer Davis, co-founders of the National Center for Time and Learning. These nationally recognized leaders shared their successes with hundreds of schools that have redesigned and expanded their schedules to better meet the needs of students and communities. Mayor Driscoll and Superintendent Russell again provided an update on Salem’s turnaround efforts.

At May’s Salem Education Foundation Education Day, the board sponsored an expo on summer programs for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Twelve organizations participated. Both participants and parents appreciated the opportunity to interact in this setting.

In September 2013, the Community Advisory Board sponsored Karla Behr, who led the team to design, develop and launch the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s model system for evaluating administrators and teachers. Behr discussed “Evaluating the Educators.” She was joined by David Argeramo, principal of Salem High School, and Kathy Marchetti, a fifth-grade teacher at the Witchcraft Heights School who discussed the implementation of this evaluation process in the Salem school system. Mayor Driscoll and Superintendent Russell also spoke and took questions from the audience.

The next community meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Bowditch School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. And we hope you will attend.

The program, which will be moderated by Salem News Editor David Olson and broadcast live on Salem Access Television, will be as follows:

1. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Superintendent Stephen Russell will offer an update on transition goals;

2. Marta Garcia, a teacher at the Bentley School, and Erin Heenan, an outreach counselor at Witchcraft Heights, will lead a discussion. Both also have children in the school system.

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