2018 Superintendent Surveys: Barrington

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Michael Messore, Barrington School District

1. What’s the number one thing parents and students should know about this district this year?

BPS will be implementing a new Strategic Plan this year that is focused on Student Success, Social Emotional Well-being, Collaborative Culture, Family Engagement, and Efficient Resources. Through the work of our Strategic Plan, we will continue our work in expanding student engagement opportunities through Deeper Learning, Project Based Learning, and High School Pathways.

2. What is the biggest challenge your district faces?

Like most districts, BPS faces the challenge of providing a high-quality education for all students with the ever increasing demands of underfunded State and Federal requirements.

3. With voters set to consider a $250-million ballot question for school repairs across the state, what are the top three building improvements needed in your district?

In the next few years, BPS will need to address the following top three priorities:

  1. Replacing the roof at Barrington High School
  2. Replacing and updating the HVAC system in some of our schools
  3. Abating asbestos floor tiles in classrooms in three elementary schools

4. What will your school district look like 10 years from now?

Because of the rapidly changing world in which we live, it is incredibly challenging to predict what schools will look like in the distant future. On the practical side, we know that we have the potential need for additional classrooms to meet anticipated increases in enrollment. Regarding teaching and learning,  we imagine the need for increases in flexible learning spaces, opportunities for experiential learning, increases in more community, college and business partnerships, and creative scheduling options to meet the needs of our learners in a technologically advanced, globally connected society. 

5. Tell us something nobody knows about your district.

The larger community may be unaware that our students represent over 20 different spoken languages and cultures. In addition, our work with Deeper Learning, Project Based Learning, and Experiential Learning have received national recognition through our work with Northeastern University, the Governor’s Office of Innovation’s Lighthouse Grant, and the Highlander Institute’s Fuse Architect Program.

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Dan McGowan (dmcgowan@wpri.com) covers politics and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Twitter: @danmcgowan

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