The Scituate Gates Intermediate School may be celebrating its 95th birthday, however there’s little to celebrate. Monday night, the Scituate School Committee addressed current building problems at the intermediate school.
Chair Michael Hayes stated the school has been a “point of discussion for 25 years”, however now that tests for mold have come back negative, mold should not be a discussion point, “We don’t want any discussion that we have a mold problem in a building we don’t have a mold problem in. I mean the Gates school has enough problems without those types of comments and discussion being made publicly.”
Hayes went on to explain that the Scituate middle school building has been costly to maintain within the past three years. The town is investigating a possible new school in hopes of putting a statement of interest into the Mass School Building Authority.
Also at the meeting were the town’s four elementary school principals who gave a joint improvement plan for the year. After reviewing previous years, the elementary principles found a way to relieve student stress–remove reading diagnostic testing for more than half the school. Principal Fitzmaurice from Hatherly Elementary explained why the group felt the testing was unnecessary, “We’ve taken for grades three, four, five, and six the grade out because the MCAS data is now coming to us, we’re getting some of it in June and a lot of it in August, that we felt it was a duplication of information on students’ reading competencies.”
Because 2nd grade students don’t take the MCAS, they will still be required to complete the reading test. The Scituate School Committee unanimously approved the principals’ improvement plan.