Update on the Bentley Innovation Planning Process

An update on the Bentley Innovation Planning process
Posted on 01/15/2020
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An update on the Bentley Innovation Planning process

Salem Public Schools has been involved in a process to bring forth an innovation plan for the Bentley Academy School. Bentley Academy has been operating as a charter school since 2015. By Massachusetts law, charter schools are authorized for a 5-year period and last Spring, the Board of Trustees at Bentley Academy voted not to renew the charter and transition the school to an innovation model.

The innovation plan process began last Summer with the creation of a prospectus, a concept paper that was approved to move forward toward innovation planning. This approval allowed for the formation of an 11-member Innovation Plan Committee, consisting of a School Committee designee, a Superintendent designee, teachers, parents, and others.

The Innovation Plan Committee has been meeting weekly since October to work on the innovation plan and engaged other teachers and parents in the school in the process through meetings and surveys. This past week, the Innovation Plan Committee unanimously approved the innovation plan born from this process. It has now been given to the teachers for review and a vote (scheduled for Friday 1/17/20).

If the teachers vote to approve this plan, the School Committee will have an opportunity to review the plan, and they will vote on it once a public hearing takes place. The public hearing will be scheduled for February 3rd, 2020.

Salem Public Schools looks forward to supporting the students, families, teachers, and other staff at Bentley as they go through this transition.

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