Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Newton Superintendent David Fleishman presented the Newton Public Schools' proposed $187.7 million fiscal 2014 budget Monday night, a 5 percent increase over fiscal 2013.
As the Newton Public Schools continue to cope with increased student enrollment, the district's proposed $187.7 million fiscal 2014 budget will focus on adding teaching positions and new classroom space for the 2013-2014 school year. The Newton Public Schools' fiscal 2014 budget adds more than 50 new instructional positions, a measure Superintendent David Fleishman said will help keep class sizes down as 270 students come into the system next year, following an increase of 248 students this year. "The fiscal 2014 budget is not a budget dedicated to adding programs and initiatives," Fleishman said in his presentation Monday night. "Instead, the focus of this budget is to build and improve the many initiatives we have in place." Overall, …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Newton Superintendent David Fleishman updates the community on the city's work to review the schools' safety and security procedures.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Newton Superintendent David Fleishman issued the following message to Newton Public Schools family and staff on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012: Dear Newton Community, It is hard to believe that it has been a week since the tragedy in Newtown. It has been a very tough time for all of us, staff, students and families. On Monday, I shared with you that we would act thoughtfully and swiftly in reviewing our safety and security plans. Over the course of the week, I have spent a significant amount of time reviewing safety and security with the Mayor, Interim Police Chief and all of our building principals. Our District Safety Team also met earlier this week to discuss areas that warrant our attention. After many hours of discussion, we have a list …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Hundreds of Newton community members gathered at Newton City Hall Wednesday to hold a vigil for the victims of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Fleishman also responded with an FAQ about the high schools' history curriculum.
Updated Dec. 10, 10:50 a.m. After a group of residents brought forward concerns about certain materials in Newton high school history classes, Superintendent David Fleishman offered information last week on how the curriculum is handled in the city's high schools. "There has been some public comment over the last year and talk about our history curriculum," Fleishman said. "We've [received] questions about our history curriculum from people who haven't been sitting in the audience." The discussion started last year when a group of parents and residents brought forward concerns about an excerpt of the Arab World Studies Notebook that was handed out in a freshman history course at Newton South. The material, the group said, was "anti-…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The School Committee members recently evaluated Superintendent David Fleishman on his performance in fiscal 2012.
For the second year in a row, members of the Newton School Committee gave Newton Superintendent David Fleishman high marks and praise for his work in the district. During a special meeting held Monday morning, the School Committee offered its feedback on Fleishman's second year in the Newton Public Schools. "What I heard from all the evaluations was an overarching, overall statement of support for David," said Committee Chair Claire Sokoloff. "Everyone, in one way or another, was extremely positive about David's leadership and extremely enthusiastic about the changes he has made to the system." Fleishman, who was not present during Monday's meeting, is entering his third year with Newton. He signed a three-year contract with the district…