With Substitutes in Short Supply, Up-Island Schools Raise the Pay Rate
Substitute teachers are in such short supply on Martha’s Vineyard that Vineyard schools superintendent Matthew D’Andrea is recommending a one-third pay increase, effective immediately.
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Up-Island School District Approves $13 Million Budget
Maia Coleman
Inking staff salary increases and a handful of new positions, the up-Island school committee last week approved the fifth and final draft of a $13 million district-wide operating budget for the new year.
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Up-Island Schools Move Ahead on Remote Learning Spaces
Maia Coleman
The up-Island school committee heard updates early this week on plans for alternative learning spaces at the Chilmark and West Tisbury schools.
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Up-Island Schools Approve Reopening Plan, With Amendments
Maia Coleman
The up-Island school committee voted Tuesday to approve the public school re-opening plan currently on the table, with two district-specific amendments.
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Towns Mull Changes to Up-Island School Funding Formula
Holly Pretsky

Changes to the formula the three up-Island towns use to divvy up education costs won’t be up for discussion at annual town meetings this spring.

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School Choice in Up-Island District Will Become More Equitable
Heather Hamacek

Students in the up-Island school district will be given more free rein in the near future on choosing which school to attend, the district committee decided this week.

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Up-Island Ranks Near Top in State for School Spending
Olivia Hull
Voters up-Island have been taking a hard look at what it costs to educate their schoolchildren. According to the most recent data available, the up-Island school district ranked sixth in per-pupil spending among other districts in the state.
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Up-Island School Committee Hammers Out Revised Budget

Board members reached agreement on a revised $10.3 million budget by trimming hours and shifting positions for several employees, and eliminating an education support professional in West Tisbury. The spending plan draws heavily from reserve funds.

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West Tisbury to Pull Article on School District Withdrawal
Alex Elvin

In a quick reversal, the West Tisbury selectmen agreed Wednesday to pull an article from the upcoming June 2 special town meeting, asking whether the town should withdraw from the up-Island school district. Two of the three selectmen voted last week to bring the question to voters.

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Up-Island School District Considers Busing Shift
Sydney Bender

The school committee is considering the possibility of ending the district’s tradition of running its own school bus system.

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