The Newton Public Schools Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG) requests your assistance

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The Newton Public Schools Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG) requests your assistance in continuing to get the word out about the student assignment policy recommendation that is currently before the Newton School Committee. After months of review and examination of multiple scenarios that ease overcrowding and take advantage of expanded capacity at the new Angier and Zervas schools, a student assignment recommendation was made to School Committee on June 15, 2015 and a public hearing was held on June 22, 2015.

At all stages of this process, there have been communications sent directly to stakeholders as well as online postings of all information concerning the student assignment review process. There was broad communication about the June 15 recommendation including a letter to all residents who live in areas of change associated with the student assignment recommendation. Another communication to affected residents is planned for July.

The Student Assignment Working Group has received excellent feedback from numerous stakeholders so far.  For those who have not yet had an opportunity to learn about the recommended changes or to participate in this process, feedback continues to be important and relevant.

Please feel welcome to use, and encourage others to use our feedback email to send comments to To get more information, the Student Assignment web page has comprehensive information including the full text of the recommendation, maps, as well as multiple presentations about the process that has been ongoing this past year.  Please visit

A brief presentation is attached, and reviews the main merits of the recommendation for student assignment changes and the expected impact on Newton Public Schools, Newton families and the community. The School Committee is expected to address the recommendation in September.

Ruth Goldman, School Committee from Ward 6 ( and Steve Siegel School Committee representative from Ward 5 ( are members of the Student Assignment Working Group and welcome any questions that you may have. Also, there is a School Committee meeting on July 20, 2015 where student assignment may be discussed and, as always, there will be a period for public comment.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Sent on behalf of the Newton Public Schools Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG)

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