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Mendon Upton Demonstrates Continued Financial Stability

An annual independent financial audit of the 2012/2013 school year states the Mendon Upton Regional School District has demonstrated "continued financial stability," according to a report presented by School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Maruszczak at the April 28 School Committee meeting.

Timothy Craven, the district's independent auditor, was in attendance at the meeting and presented his report to the Committee, giving praise to the administration for making a "big change." "They have done a remarkable job in turning things around from where they were a few years ago with a negative balance of $1.1 million, to this year with a positive $1.4 million balance," said Craven. "You have been incredibly well run over the past 4-5 years in order to go from really rocky to really solid." Craven said that the audit report is rated as "unqualified," which means that there are no issues; "This is the best report you can have."

After presenting the findings from the FY13 financial audit, Maruszczak updated the Committee on the district's Strategic Initiatives including that action steps have been taken to date and what key points they still hope to accomplish.

Maruszczak went over each of the 11 Strategic Initiatives, such as the district's goal of aligning all of the ELA (English Language Arts) and Math Curriculum to the Common Core Standards, where he stated "although we have accomplished a great deal, we still have more to do with our staff," including increased professional development and continuing to put the written curriculum into an on-line platform.

Maruszczak also informed the Committee that that they have made great progress in the areas of expanding technology in the district with the roll-out of the 1:1 iPad initiative at Miscoe Hill School and the plan to roll it out at the high school next year, and in increasing opportunities for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning opportunities at all grade levels.

Maruszczak said that he plans to give another update on these initiatives at the end of the school year.

At the end of the meeting, the School Committee also said goodbye to one of their own by recognizing Member Liana Moore of Mendon during her last School Committee Meeting.

"We want to recognize the incredible amount of hard work and the amount of hours that you have given for the good of the kids," said Maruszczak. "Your commitment and attention to detail has served this Committee and the school district very well," he said.

Moore, who has been vocal in the past about issues and policies and practices that she was not in agreement with, said that she was happy to serve on a Committee with members from diverse backgrounds. "What has impressed me the most was how we have been able to have disagreements, but not be disagreeable with each other. I truly respect every one of you," she said.

Moore has served on the Committee for three years but did not seek re-election for another term.


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