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January Update 2018

Superintendent's Message

Dear Winchester Families:

  • The School Start Time Study Committee (SST) will present a recommendation to change school start times to the Winchester School Committee on Tuesday, January 30th, at 7 p.m. in the McCall Middle School Auditorium. This is a regular school committee meeting and will include a public comment segment after the SST committee has presented their report. 

    Here are the committee's recommended times:

    2018-2019 Proposed Start/End Times

    Grade Level

    Start Time

    End Time

    Elementary (K-5)

    8:10 a.m.*

    2:20 p.m.

    McCall Middle (6-8)

    8:30 a.m.

    3:07 p.m.

    Winchester High

    8:30 a.m.

    3:07 p.m.

    PreK (Vinson-Owen)

    8:25 a.m.*

    Varies by program

    PreK (Lynch)

    8:25 a.m.*

    Varies by program

    *Upon reviewing a considerable amount of parent feedback regarding a proposed change in start time to 8:00 a.m. being too great  a shift for our youngest learners, we propose moving the elementary start time as late as possible for this group and still maintain morning busing routes. Preschool has also been shifted a bit later than earlier proposed times to accommodate our very youngest learners and coordinate parent drop-offs at multiple schools within the district.

  • Planning for Phase I of the McCall expansion project (3 new classrooms) and Phase II (6 new classrooms, expanded cafeteria, and other space modifications) is well underway. While town meeting has approved Phase I funding, the funding for completion of Phase II will require a debt exclusion override in March 2018. Please see our website for more information: McCall Expansion Project.
  • The initial recommendations for the FY19 Budget were presented to the school committee recently and will be posted on our school budget page: WPS Budget
  • As always, feel free to contact me directly if you have any ideas to share or questions about the district: jevans@winchesterps.org. 

With respect,

Judith A. Evans, Ed.D.


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