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G-M’s Level 4 announcement delayed

The state education department has put off an announcement regarding the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s Level 4 or underperforming label, expected Tuesday.

In an email Wednesday to Superintendent Michael Sullivan, Senior Associate Commissioner Lynda Foisy wrote that the plan document approved by the School Committee Aug. 13 is under review and that she intends to meet with other officials including the commissioner when convenient.

“You can expect to hear from us by the end of next week,” Foisy wrote. “It is not likely that we will have a definite decision on exit by next Tuesday.”

Joyce Phillips, chairwoman of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee, said the delay is due to the commissioner being on vacation last week, a scheduling consideration the district had not been aware of.

Sullivan said Foisy held out Tuesday as still possible for an announcement in subsequent correspondence.

Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester wrote last month that the department would announce Gill-Montague’s exit from Level 4 at Tuesday’s meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee, if he had received and accepted the written assurance requested of the School Committee and superintendent in the form of a brief plan for continued progress.

MCAS results not a factor

DESE spokesman J.C. Considine said the as-yet-unreleased Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results will not be a factor in the decision to remove the district from Level 4, as a line in Foisy’s letter suggests.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
ccurtis@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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