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September 27, 2013

Column: A Salem schools meeting you won't want to miss

You should attend the community meeting on the status of the Salem Public Schools.

Why should you go?

Because more than half the city of Salem’s budget is dedicated to our public schools, and you should know if it is being spent wisely.

Because our school system is educating and preparing the next generation of Salem citizens; and if you want a bright future for this great city and for these children, you need to understand and be part of this process.

Because one of your biggest investments, your home, and our city infrastructure will lose their value if we can’t provide quality education to our most important asset — our children.

Because we need our entire community — those with children in schools and those without — along with teachers, staff, students and School Committee members committed to working together to achieve success in our schools.

Because the state says our children are not performing at top level, we need to make this happen, and we can only do it with an informed community working together.

What will you learn?

You will learn that the state has initiated a new evaluation system for teachers and school administrators from Dr. Karla Baehr. Dr. Baehr led the team that designed, developed and launched this new model system for educator evaluation.

You will learn how this evaluation system is working in Salem. David Angeramo, principal of Salem High, and Kathy Marchetti, fifth-grade teacher at Witchcraft Heights School, will share their experiences with you.

You will learn what is happening one year later. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Russell and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, chairwoman of the Salem School Committee, will give you an update on the Salem School District Improvement Plan.

You will then have the opportunity to ask questions. If all questions cannot be answered that night, they will be answered either through this newspaper and/or through websites and social media. We want you to learn and be informed.

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