Category Archive: Superintendent Newsletter

Dec 17

Superintendent’s Message – December 2015

Hello Timberlane!

It has been a while since my last Vimeo message. This is due primarily to our initiative to communicate more often and effectively through our press releases.  Log onto Timberlane.net or subscribe to the Timberlane Twitter feed for up to date news.

Let’s talk budget.  I am very pleased to announce the Budget Committee, by unanimous vote, has approved a proposed budget of $69,333,958 for the 2016-17 school year.  The Budget Committee along with district administrators worked very hard to develop this budget that we feel will both support the learning at Timberlane and be mindful of the taxpayer. We look forward to your support at our upcoming public hearing on the budget on January 14th and our Deliberative Session on February 4th.

Since my hiring in 2012, I have been involved in the development of four budgets.  The first was a proposed budget, the second a default budget, and the last two were proposed budgets under default and we have been able to return a surplus to the taxpayer each year.  This is due primarily to the effective execution, which sometimes involved the freezing, of the budget.  You might hear the argument that if there is surplus then we have budgeted too much in the first place.  This is simply not the case.  The budget is developed 18 months in advance and it needs to include monies to fund unanticipated liabilities, like insurance, energy, and retirement costs.  We only get estimates of these costs that far in advance and we must be responsible in our budgeting process.  In the event those items come in less than budget, we return that money to the taxpayer.  In the event they do not, we are able to cover those costs without significantly affecting the quality of our educational services.

Our building principals have done remarkably well in managing their budgets on the building level as have our department directors.  The truth is – we can no longer educate our children they way many of us were educated 20, 30 or more years ago.  Business models, academic expectations and technology advancements have hugely influenced both the local, national and global job market.  Times have changed and so does the way we need to teach.  We work hard to incorporate strategies that afford the greatest effect for rigor, accountability and improvement.

One such strategy includes the plan to increase the number of academic deans at the 6-12 campus beginning the 2016-17 school year. This plan will allow for a better distribution of department responsibilities.  Reducing the size of the departments will allow deans to better manage and evaluate both the curriculum and instructional staff as well as execute plans for improving rigor and accountability.  Additionally, it will provide the instructional staff with much needed support to improve their teaching practices through evaluation and professional development. The Timberlane Teachers Association has been directly involved in the planning of ways to improve instructional support.

Another strategy is the establishment of the Timberlane Executive Leadership Academy (TELA) which provides targeted professional development for our district leaders so they can deliver even more support to our instructional staff. Evaluation and support are the vehicles we are using to improve the rigor and accountability at Timberlane.  This is a win-win for both students and teachers!

The goal of uniting divided stakeholders is being met through a series of advisory committees, which for the most part, are comprised of both staff and community members.  I am excited about the recommendations for improvements I am receiving in target areas; which bring me to share with you the latest committee – the Timberlane Parent Advisory Forum or TPAF.  This special committee will meet on bi-monthly basis to solicit and address concerns of Timberlane parents regarding program, curriculum and instruction.  I encourage parents to contact the committee at Email to provide ideas for meeting agenda topics.  The first TPAF meeting is expected to held in January.

In closing, I want to thank the many people who personally expressed their support for the work being done here.  It is hard work and I am pleased our efforts are not going unnoticed.

To each of you, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. Thank you.

Dr. Earl Metzler

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Nov 13

Superintendent Establishes Technology Plan Advisory Committee

Dr. Metzler has established a Technology Plan Advisory Committee to be co-chaired by Technology Director John Holland and Business Operations Coordinator Geoff Dowd. This committee will report directly to the Superintendent.

The mission and purpose of the Technology Plan Advisory Committee will be to make recommendations relative to a 5-year technology plan that will provide end of life schedules for technology devices and equipment, a plan to standardize equipment district-wide, recommendations for lease versus purchase options, and provide a complete inventory of all district technology devices and equipment.

November 13, 2015

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Oct 14

Superintendent Establishes Central Office Advisory Committee

Dr. Metzler is pleased to report on the establishment of a Superintendent’s Central Office Support Staff Advisory Committee. The committee will be co-chaired by Dr. Metzler and Chief Executive Assistant Cathy Belcher and membership will be comprised of central office support staff members.

In an effort to address the growing demand for central office services, the Central Office Support Staff Advisory Committee’s mission will be to make recommendations directly to the Superintendent relative to increasing productivity and efficiency in the delivery of services while incorporating the application of technology to both empower and improve employee job satisfaction.

Dr. Earl Metzler

Superintendent of Schools

 

October 14, 2015

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Sep 29

SUPERINTENDENT ESTABLISHES TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr. Metzler is pleased to report the establishment of a Superintendent’s Transportation Advisory Committee which will meet on a quarterly basis to work on efficiency, recruitment of drivers and overall quality of the transportation experience.

Committee membership will be comprised of District administrators, bus drivers and representation from First Student and Provider companies.

September 29, 2015

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Sep 09

SUPERINTENDENT ESTABLISHES CUSTODIAL AND MANTENANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr. Metzler is pleased to report on the establishment of a Superintendent’s Custodial and Maintenance Advisory Committee. The committee will be co-chaired by Mr. Jim Hughes and Ms. Michelle Auger. Committee membership will be comprised of custodial, maintenance and grounds staff, as well as building administrators.

The Custodial and Maintenance Advisory Committee’s mission will be to make recommendations directly to the Superintendent relative to operations in an effort to promote both department efficiency and curb appeal.

Dr. Earl Metzler

Superintendent of Schools

 

September 9, 2015

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Sep 08

TRHS CLOSING THE ACT GAP

The Timberlane Regional School District is pleased to announce that the Composite ACT College Readiness score for participating TRHS students has increased for the 5th year in a row, closing the gap between the average state composite score and that of Timberlane students. This positive trend reflects a healthy improvement of 0.8 at TRHS as compared to the state improvement data of 0.1.

The overall composite score of Timberlane Regional High School has increased steadily from 22.2 in 2011, to 23.7 in 2015.

We will continue to report on student achievement advances as it demonstrates the District’s commitment and best instructional practices to improve rigor and accountability for all students and staff.

Dr. Earl Metzler

Superintendent of Schools

September 8, 2015

Permanent link to this article: http://www.timberlane.net/blog/2015/09/trhs-closing-the-act-gap/

Sep 03

SUPERINTENDENT ESTABLISHES FOOD SERVICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr. Metzler is pleased to report on the establishment of a Superintendent’s Food Service Advisory Committee. The committee will be co-chaired by Mr. John Fratiello and Mrs. Debra Waters and will report program recommendations directly to the Superintendent. Committee membership will be comprised of food service management staff and building administrators.

The Food Service Advisory Committee’s mission will be to continue to build on the communication and increased efficiency that has been gained over the past two years.

Dr. Earl Metzler

Superintendent of Schools

 

September 3, 2015

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Aug 25

SUPERINTENDENT ESTABLISHES CLIMATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr. Metzler is pleased to report the establishment of a Superintendent’s Climate Advisory Committee which will meet on a monthly basis to establish a process to identify and provide support for professional staff regarding the mission to increase rigor, improve evaluation and increase accountability on all levels. This committee will work hand in hand with the newly established Timberlane Executive Leadership Academy (TELA).

Committee membership will be comprised of the Superintendent and up to 20 Timberlane Teachers’ Association (TTA) members selected by TTA executive officers. 

It is Dr. Metzler’s position that Together Everybody Achieves More. He is looking forward to working together to continue raising the bar in Timberlane to provide the absolute best public education and demand excellence in everything that we do.

August 25, 2015 

 

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Aug 24

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Hello Timberlane!

I hope all of our Timberlane families enjoyed a restful, yet productive, summer. Taking the time to read and complete summer work will serve our children well as they can hit the ground running upon their return to school! It is these additional preparations that will help them get ahead!

Students will return to classes on Wednesday, August 26th.  As such, I want to extend a welcome back to all staff and students.  We expect it to be an exciting year with renewed energy and focus on providing the best education for our children.

To help prepare for school, parents can find the following information available on our district website as well as on each individual school’s website:

  • Information about school bus routes with both pick up and drop off times.
  • School day start and end times.
  • Lunch menus as well as information about the school district’s policy on student lunch account balances. Please be sure to keep a positive balance on your student’s lunch account.
  • Information about school supplies so that all of children arrive “worker ready.” The materials not only differ by school but by teacher as well so please make sure that your children have everything that they need for school. Assistance is available for families in need. Contact your building principal for more information.

We have had many upgrades and improvements to our facilities over the summer. I invite you to join our facility tours beginning on Thursday September 10th at the High School, PAC and Middle School; Tuesday September 15th at Danville, Sandown North and The Timberlane Learning Center at Sandown Central; and finally on Thursday September 24th at Atkinson Academy and the Pollard School. Tours begin sharply at 6 pm at the first location listed for each evening. They typically run about one half hour to forty five minutes each. Times are approximate.

In closing, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.   We, at Timberlane, look forward to a productive and successful 2015-16 school year.

Dr. Earl Metzler

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

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Jul 15

ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCORES INCREASE AT TRHS

The Timberlane Regional School District is proud to announce an increase in the percentage of qualifying AP exam scores according to the recent 2015 College Board data release. A “qualifying score” is defined as a score of 3 or more with a maximum score of 5.  These scores are predictive of college success and graduation.

At the Timberlane Regional High School, all Advanced Placement (AP) students participate in the College Board AP Exam each year.  In 2015, 64.7% of students enrolled in AP courses received a qualifying score, a remarkable increase of 13% over the past two years. This growth represents Timberlane’s highest percentage of qualifying scores in recent memory and is credited to Timberlane’s initiative and commitment to increase rigor and accountability.

At the State and National levels, qualifying AP exam scores have declined in the last year.  In 2015 at the state level, 74.3% of Advanced Placement students obtained qualifying scores, a decrease of 1.7% from the year prior.  National scores also realized a slight decrease with 60.6% students qualified in 2015, a 0.7% decrease from last year.

Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, all Timberlane students enrolled in AP courses were required to take the AP exam. The School Board supported this requirement by allocating funds to pay for the exams.  It is important to note that many schools handpick which students should take the test.  With Timberlane’s increased rigor and accountability, and the district’s requirement that all AP students take the AP exam, this 13% increase in qualifying scores is even more impressive!

Congratulations are extended to both the students and instructional staff for this accomplishment.

Dr. Earl Metzler

Superintendent of Schools                                                                                      July 15, 2015

 

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