Harborfields teachers and staff prepare for new school year

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There wasn’t a parking space to be had at Harborfields High School on Sept. 3 as staff, teachers and administrators filed into the auditorium for Superintendent’s Conference Day.

To kick the morning off, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Dr. Rory Manning introduced and welcomed eight new district administrators, including Assistant Superintendent for Business Sharon Donnelly, who presented a brief breakdown of a proposed $20.4 million bond to improve infrastructure across the district’s schools.

The district also welcomed Washington Drive Primary School’s new Principal Kathy McNally and Assistant Principal Kerry Neira; Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School’s Principal Mary Williams and Assistant Principal Andrea Horowitz; and Oldfield Middle School Assistant Principal Maribeth Corr, who will also serve as the district’s guidance administrator. 

Lastly, Dr. Manning introduced the district’s new Assistant Director for Pupil Personnel Services Rose Scammel and Special Education Chairperson Anne Marie Dunn.

He then delved into a few of the district’s new initiatives, including a one-on-one Chromebook initiative for ninth graders, which is expected to expand to eighth grade in 2021. 

Additionally, he explained that district administrators are working with stakeholders to develop a mission statement to reflect what the board of education describes as the district’s three pillars of success: innovation, curriculum and finance.

The remainder of the day was tailored to individual departments, including music and art, special education, physical education and English as a New Language. Department heads had an opportunity to discuss the upcoming school year with staff.  

To close out the day, teachers had an opportunity to set up their classrooms and prepare for the first day of school on Sept. 4.