New Superintendent Shares Entry Plan For District

Thompson’s new superintendent, Melinda Smith, submitted her three-month entry plan to Board of Education members recently. That plan will examine district revenues and costs, the high school curriculum’s alignment with community college courses and programs, curriculum expansion – including online options for students, and the establishment of career pathways for high school students. Verifying student data information is a top priority. Smith wants to make sure numbers are accurate for students receiving free and reduced lunches, that medicaid reimbursement for special education costs are maximized, and that money spent on outplaced students in Killingly’s Agricultural Education Center, Ellis Tech, Quinebaug Middle College, and other secondary schools is correct. “We want to be sure we’re maximizing on all state aid coming in,” Smith said. Smith and the BOE are in a holding pattern until the General Assembly passes a state budget. Nothing but essential supplies have been ordered. Three teachers have not been called back yet. Technology purchases the board hoped to make have been put off until the town knows what the state aid will be. Smith was superintendent of North Providence for five years prior to her appointment in Thompson. She was in charge of nine schools, 3,500 students, and 525 staff. In Thompson, she will oversee three schools on one campus, 975 students, and approximately 200 staff. Board of Education Chair William Witkowski said Smith’s experience in curriculum development made her stand out from among 40 applicants. A committee will develop a three-year phase-in plan to increase offerings of advanced placement courses. That could include virtual options for students. A survey of student interest in specific careers...

TMHS Class of 2017 Graduation

Highlights of the TMHS Class of 2017 Graduation Valedictorian – Taylor Ware Salutatorian – Jake Sullivan Class Officers: President – Taylor ware Vice President – Sophia Prouty Treasurer – Mike Falco Secretary – Danica Seney   Geoffrey Bolte Clarus Studios Inc