2018/19 Meetings

#1: ExCom  August 28th 2018
        Pre-Year meeting Bristol
#2: ExCom  October 17th 2018
#3: ExCom January 23rd 2019
#4: ExCom  March 27th 2019
#5: ExCom May 22nd 2019
#6: Annual Membership:
        DRHS cafeteria 5pm 
June 5, 2019*


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Fund Our Future Campaign

posted Sep 20, 2018, 2:48 PM by Timothy Kelly

Earn FREE Special Ed and ELL PDPs this Fall with MTA!

posted Sep 14, 2018, 9:46 AM by Timothy Kelly

This Fall: Earn PDPs with MTA

This Fall MTA is offering four FREE two-day workshops in Quincy and Westfield where you'll be able to earn PDPs towards your license renewal. We have member-designed workshops in Special Education and English Language Learners that will meet relicensure requirements in those areas.   

Quincy MTA Headquarters, October 13 and 27 (9am-4pm both days)
Creating Success with English Learner Students (15 ELL PDPs)
Fine Tuning Phonics Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties (K-5) (15 SPED PDPs)

Westfield State University, October 13 and 20 (9:30am-4:30pm both days)
Teaching ELLs Using Culturally Meaningful Children's Books (15 ELL PDPs) 
Weaving SEL into Your Classroom to Make a Big Difference for Special Needs Students (15 SPED PDPs)
 

Registration will open on Sunday, September 16 at 3:00pm.

For descriptions and to register, please visit this link.

MTA is planning on offering more opportunities to earn PDPs in these and other subject areas during February Vacation, Saturdays in March & April, April vacation, and next Summer.

Help

posted Jul 12, 2018, 2:48 AM by Timothy Kelly

We have 11 teachers signed up for the final push so far.    

  • Canvassing: Thursday, July 12th from 4:45-7:00PM at Palmer River Elementary School

  • Canvassing: Friday, July 13th from 4:45-7:00PM at Palmer River Elementary School

  • Canvassing: Saturday, July 14th from 9:45AM-12:00AM at Palmer River Elementary School

  • Holding Signs: Tuesday, July 17th from 7:00AM-7:00PM at all Polling Precincts

  • Poll Watch: Tuesday, July 17th at all Polling Precincts

Sign up here ;

https://savedr.org/signup

I’m getting the feeling teachers are thinking the beautiful campaign the Save Our Schools people are running have got this in the bag……. I fear some of our allies who live in Rehoboth will feel the same way and not go out and vote on July 17th.   We have over 80 people whose job rest on this. The future of the schools and the town of Rehoboth are on the line. This 2.1 million dollar hit will destroy our district for many years to come.


IT IS NOW GET OUT THE VOTE TIME!!!!

I get that this isn’t everyone's bag …. But we need to look people in the eyes and ask them to vote …  Canvassing isn’t something I’m comfortable with… but we will walk in groups … solidarity is everything.


After the big final strategy meeting Tuesday … I went with Jessica Silvia who was trained by the MTA on how to canvass.  This morning I met her and Canvassed with her again for 2 ½ hours. Then I took my own list and spent the next 3 1/2 hours canvassing alone.   This canvassing was only going to teachers who live in Rehoboth (from our district and others) and asking them to vote yes on July 17th.  I did 15 teacher doors on my own …. It was actually nice … Asking people who for the most part were already  on our side to please vote … and great conversations about teaching ( and meeting a couple of really cute pets).   The point here is if we had 20 people in pairs it would have been 150 teachers reached …. That can change an election.     


The canvasing we are doing isn’t as easy as the ones Jessica and I did that past 2 days.   But it isn’t hard…..IT WILL BE TARGETED .. we will be visiting people in town that generally support us.  It is targeted. But it is time to get the vote out!!!!


We can’t rely on others to fight this part of the fight… we need soldiers on the ground we need numbers!!!!  This is it!!! I saw something in people I talked to today… they liked being asked and figured if I was willing to drive around Rehoboth all day they could go to the polls on July 17th or town hall to do an absentee ballot.  Some went from ….ya I support it but…. To yes I will vote yes!!


Info:


Fact sheet


Infographic


Please go to this link and sign up!!!

Sign up here ;

https://savedr.org/signup


Consider making this your temporary facebook profile ….


Press release from Dr Azar:




Why an Override?


As many of you know, on July 17, 2018 the Town of Rehoboth will be having a special election to override Proposition 2 1/2.  My hope, through this communication, is to provide you with important information to guide you through a deeper understanding of why an override is necessary. A successful override accomplishes two goals: 1) It immediately puts teachers, secretaries, para professionals, custodians, School Resource Officer, nu rse, lunch monitors, sports, activities and administrators back into our schools. (105 staff received notifications of layoffs), and 2) It fully funds the school district budget and the Town of Rehoboth's municipal budget.   


The funding problem we see today has its origins that date back approximately five years ago before I became your superintendent. At that time, t he school committee engaged outside services of a consultant group to review the financials (Chapter 70 Funding) of the district. During the review, the consultant found that the school assessments to the towns had the Town of Dighton incorrectly paying an additional $1.7 million dollars . The Town of Rehoboth, according to the consultants, instead, should have been paying the $1.7M.    D uring the 2014 Rehoboth Town Meeting, though several parliamentarian maneuverings , $1.7 million dollars was moved from the municipal budget and was added to the school district budget. Thus, when I became your superintendent in 2014-2015, my administration was allotted a school budget with the $1.7 million dollars in tact. In 2014 the Town of Rehoboth sought an override in order to cover their shortfall, but it failed by 303 votes, whereby causing layoffs and reductions in town services in the Town of Rehoboth .


Unfortunately, the following fiscal year 2016 we knew that the $1.7 million dollars previously added to the school budget would not be available as a revenue stream.  With this in mind, the Town of Rehoboth and the DRRSD made a conscientious decision to stay within their allotted budget and through cost reductions, restructuring our secretaries at the school level, adding free cash at the municipal level and E & D monies (free cash) at the school district level, we were able to balance the budget. The next fiscal year 2017 the school district worked collaboratively with the Town of Rehoboth to reduce our budget by approximately $1.3 million dollars.  However, this time we reduced our staff by 28.5 positions while using our E & D monies (free cash) and the Town of Rehoboth doing the same for fiscal year 2018. Once again, we were able to balance our budget going into the Rehoboth Town Meeting while working with our Rehoboth Municipality as partners.


As fiscal year 2019 approached we tried to reduce our budget through efficiencies and using $1.25 million of E & D monies, but we were no longer able to achieve a sustainable budget number and finally determined that we needed to stop 'kicking the can down the road'.  Once again, we were stymied by the elusive shortfall of $1.2- 1.7 million dollars that comes up each year since 2014 as it was determined that Dighton was no longer responsible for those payments. To make matters worse for the school district for fiscal year 2019, the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectman in Rehoboth unilaterally moved a municipal deficit of $900,000 into the school district line budget triggering a whopping $2.1 million dollar override.  


Nevertheless, the current proposed override, will restore the DRRSD budget $1.2 million and the Town of Rehoboth's budget $900,000 to be fully funded for years to come.  As I have stated, I do not anticipate this being a recurrent pattern of needing a proposition override each year. We have never had one in the rich history of the school district, why would folks think that we now need one every year.


It is my sincere hope that this correspondence has given you sufficient information with an overview of the reasons why a proposition 2 1/2 override is crucial for both the Town of Rehoboth and the Rehoboth School District.  Please consider a "yes" vote on July 17, 2018, which will "fix the funding" and "save our schools" and "our town".


In the event that you plan on being away on July 17th, please consider an absentee ballot and click here to find out more about the override ballot questions and how to obtain an absentee ballot: https://www.town.rehoboth.ma.us/home/urgent-alerts/upcoming-2-12-override-election-7-17-18-700-am-800-pm-all-3-precincts-open


Sincerely,

Anthony C. Azar, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District

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SIGN UP

posted Jul 11, 2018, 10:34 AM by Timothy Kelly

Please complete the short form below so a member of our team can call you and give you a directive. We have multiple ways to help in the next few days leading up to the vote which include the following:

  • Canvassing: Thursday, July 12th from 4:45-7:00PM at Palmer River Elementary School
  • Canvassing: Friday, July 13th from 4:45-7:00PM at Palmer River Elementary School
  • Canvassing: Saturday, July 14th from 9:45AM-12:00AM at Palmer River Elementary School
  • Holding Signs: Tuesday, July 17th from 7:00AM-7:00PM at all Polling Precincts
  • Poll Watch: Tuesday, July 17th at all Polling Precincts 

info

posted Jul 10, 2018, 1:33 PM by Timothy Kelly




Update

posted Jun 12, 2018, 9:04 AM by Timothy Kelly

budget sy18-19 update


All IN for a right to be united

posted Nov 7, 2017, 4:04 AM by Timothy Kelly

YouTube Video


Tell Congress to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program

posted Oct 17, 2017, 1:50 PM by Timothy Kelly

President Trump intensified his efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act - despite the opposition of Congress and a majority of the American people - by taking two actions this week that threaten to make health care less accessible and affordable for millions of Americans, including kids in low- and mid-income families. The president's take actionactions compound the looming damage from Congress' failure to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers 8.9 million children. Combined with Medicaid, CHIP covers 40 percent of our nation's children. Since its creation in 1997, the program has enjoyed strong, bipartisan support - recognition of its vital role in helping to ensure that every child comes to school ready and able to learn. Click on the take action button to tell your members of Congress to act swiftly to renew CHIP.

 

New Teachers (first 5 years FREE!!) Confrence

posted Sep 19, 2017, 3:16 AM by Timothy Kelly   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 4:34 AM ]


The 16th Annual MTA Just for New Teachers Conference is open to educators who are in their first five years of practice. Whether it’s handling classroom management or addressing the wide range of individual student needs in their classrooms, this conference has something for every novice educator. The one-day conference, brought to you by MTA’s New Member Committee, will also offer workshops in the following strands:


  • Student Engagement and Classroom Management
  • Supporting Students with Diverse Learning Needs

No charge for MTA or SEAM Members. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

Register by October 18, 2017 to receive a personalized gift at the conference! 

Click here

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