By Carol Britton Meyer
Among the School Committee's goals for the current year is "furthering efforts on equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging."
In support of that objective, the Wellness Subcommittee has plans to review the equity of extracurricular and athletic programs, according to a letter that was sent to booster groups, school PTOs, and other organizations recently.
As part of this effort, the subcommittee recently requested financial and operating information from each of these entities.
"We appreciate all the support so many groups provide to the public schools -- athletic booster groups, music parents, PTOs, and other organizations," Chair Liza O'Reilly said recently. The goal is "to collect best practices from organizations to see where things are working really well. This information could help to inform other groups and what we need to do better."
The goal is to gain "a fuller understanding of the key needs each community is working to fill. In addition, the information will help inform future budgeting and prioritization conversations, address legal compliance requirements [including Title 9], encourage the sharing of best practices across organizations, and create areas of collaboration between the superintendent, faculty, committee, and the community at large."