Thursday, August 29, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Joe Pye told Board of Trustee members that he was reconvening the “homework committee,” that had previously reviewed the district’s homework policy, and directing it to take another look with specific attention paid to how homework is graded and consistency across the district.
Pye said parental concerns have been expressed and, although that happens every year, he wants to address those concerns by having the committee take another look.
Board members expressed concern about how homework is graded. Pye agreed, although, he said, he personally doesn’t think homework should be graded but, instead, used as a review process for whatever is being taught.
Public Information Officer Pat Raynor informed the board that Boeing had surprised the district when it called to say its employees had mounted a school supplies drive and would like DD2 to be one of the recipients.
“We said ‘thank you, we welcome that,’ said Raynor, “and suddenly we had a big Ryder truck back up and deliver 52 stuffed backpacks and four huge boxes of school supplies!”
Raynor said Boeing and its employees would be receiving a certificate of appreciation from the district.
During the Public Comments period, Community Activist Louis Smith addressed the board.
“I want to thank Dorchester District Two, Board members Sam Clark and Charlie Stoudenmire for working with the new Community Resource Center [and Smith] to get a GED component that we are so excited to be able to offer at Alston Middle School.”
Smith went on to tell the board about the new center, the 10 to 15 students who have expressed interest in the GED program and to iterate his excitement and appreciation for the district’s support and partnership.