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Somerville school superintendent could get $10k for 'innovation' spending

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on April 21, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Originally published on Somerville Journal on April 13, 2015, this story takes a look at a proposal introduced by Ward 2 School Committee member and former NLC Boston Fellow Dan Futrell.

School Committee members are mulling a plan that would give Somerville School’s incoming superintendent $10,000 to use at her discretion for innovative purposes.

The plan was introduced by Ward 2 School Committee member Dan Futrell and could be included in the superintendent’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal this spring. Futrell told the Journal if approved, new superintendent Mary Skipper would be allowed to use the $10,000 to purchase one-time “innovative” tools or initiatives without getting school committee approval.

“This is about creating a culture that continues to support innovation and new ideas,” Futrell said. “I’m excited that this might really spur new ideas that are kind of outside the box. Let’s be okay with trying something outside the box and having a formal mechanism to drive that.”

Skipper, currently the network superintendent of Boston Public Schools, signed a four-year contract with the city in December. She will replace the retiring Tony Pierantozzi on July 6.

Futrell said the funds would be used for any “out of the box” purchase or program that Skipper believes will improve student learning.

Read the full story here: http://somerville.wickedlocal.com/article/20150410/NEWS/150419735