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Norfolk Public Schools ::
Mission Statement

The Norfolk Public Schools offers a safe, joyful and challenging learning environment that meets the needs of our diverse students. The school day is 8:55 AM - 3:00 PM.  180 school days, September - June.

Through school, family, and community partnerships, we provide an education that inspires life-long learners and cultivates caring and productive citizens of our ever-changing world.

The Norfolk Public School Districts services children residing in Norfolk, Massachusetts from Pre-K thru Grade 6.

The NPS District does not participate in the school choice program.

The King Philip Regional School District services children residing in Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham from Grades 7 - 12.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education information on Norfolk Public School District
http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/general.aspx?topNavId=1&orgcode=02080000&orgtypecode=5&

Norfolk School Committee

A five-member elected school board oversees the policy and budget of the Norfolk Public School District.

Each elected member serves a three-year staggered term and may be re-elected to unlimited terms.

One member is also a member of the nine-member King Philip Regional School District school board.


Norfolk Elementary Schools Leadership Team
 
Dr. Ingrid Allardi, PhD, Superintendent of Schools
Roxanne Verdeaux, Director of Human Resources
Donna Chisholm, Assistant to the Business Manager
Linda Balfour, Principal, H. Olive Day School
Lisa Altham-Hickey, Principal, Freeman Centennial School
Anita Mecklenburg, Assistant Principal, H. Olive Day School
Kelly Whitmore, Assistant Principal, Freeman-Centennial School
Dr. Anna Tupper, PhD, Director of Student Support Services
Toby Lyons, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
Toni Marie Davis, Director of SACC Program
 

Budget

Town Meeting supported a FY12 elementary school operating budget of $ 9,407,341

Special Accreditations
The Integrated Preschool Program at the H. Olive Day School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Freeman-Centennial School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Special Needs Department
The Norfolk Public Schools Special Education Department complies with the Massachusetts Department of Education regulations and the Federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act.  The Special Education Department is responsible for identifying children in need of special education services and providing them with specially designed instruction and/or related services in order to meet their individual needs.
The current programming includes Programs from Preschool through grade 6.  Services are provided in an inclusion and/or pullout setting depending on the needs of the child and the type of specially designed instruction.  Other related services are: Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Vision Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy.  

The District has been committed to providing our children with quality programming.  With that philosophy we have been building new programs to fill the needs of some of our growing populations of children on the Autism Spectrum and children with significant cognitive needs.  We are planning on expanding/improving our new programs for children on the Autism Spectrum and creating formal language based classrooms/services.  We have had a special education taskforce to work on the building of new programs and this year we have a parent sub-committee to this taskforce.  The parents are able to share their views, opinions and experiences and have been a part of visits to other schools.

The Special Education Department is fully staffed by certified and licensed teachers and therapists.  The staff is dedicated to providing Norfolk’s children with the best education possible.  They are a cohesive and supportive team of professionals.

Director of Student Support Services

School Age Child Care (SACC)

SACC is a non-profit, self-supporting organization that provides a structured recreation and enrichment program for children in kindergarten through grade six.  
The program offers before and after school care to children who attend the Norfolk elementary schools with program sites at both the H. Olive Day and Freeman Centennial Schools.

SACC follows guidelines established by the Department of Education for school run extended day programs and is under the general supervision of both the Norfolk School Committee and the Superintendent of Schools. The program strives to provide children with an environment within which they can safely explore, discover, create, interact, and grow.  SACC offers stimulating activities designed to enhance children’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development.  

Currently, the SACC program provides care to over 170 students in the before and after school programs.  

Respectfully submitted:
Toni Marie Davis, Program Director