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Back to School for Mendon Upton Students

It's the most wonderful time of the year for many parents – back to school for kids in the Mendon Upton Regional School District (MURSD)!

Students in the MURSD will be packing their backpacks and boarding the bus for their first day of school on Wednesday, August 28 for grades 1 through 12. The first day of Pre-School and Kindergarten will be on Thursday, August 29. Teachers in the MURSD will report to school on Monday, August 26 for meetings and prep work for the first day of the 2019 school year. There will be no school on Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday.

"We are super excited to get started on another successful school year," said MURSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Maruszczak in an interview with The Town Crier before the beginning of the school year.

The new school year will see a few changes for families in terms of district and school-level communications. The district is getting ready to roll out a new website that will be accessible on a hand-held device as well.

"We found that parents were trying to use their phones to look things up on our website," said Maruszczak of the limitations of the old website.

After putting the final touches on the new website, parents will be able to download an app and set profiles for the amounts and types of communications they would like to receive.

The district will also be rolling out a new student management system to replace the iPass system.

"It will be more user friendly and intuitive," said Maruszczak.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will also be a major focus in the district this year, with all schools

concentrating on developing programs and practices that speak to "the whole child," said Maruszczak.

The district will also be focusing on educating the community on what goes into a school budget, as the

district faced a challenging budget cycle this past year.

"We want to educate our parents and community members on the school budget so they know exactly what

is driving expenses," said Maruszczak.

Six positions in the MURSD were cut for this school year after a $326,000 gap in the FY20 budget (2019/2020

school year) was unable to be closed. The staff effected were the Nipmuc Regional High School Library/Media Specialist, the Miscoe Hill School Library/Media Specialist, a Special Education




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