Superintendent's Update - February 17, 2023

Dear Shrewsbury Families, Colleagues, & Community Members,

As we head into the February vacation week, I want to express my gratitude for all of your efforts and support of our students.  Thanks to all of you, Shrewsbury's children are benefiting from high-quality educational experiences provided by dedicated, caring educators and support staff.  

This past Wednesday evening I presented my recommendation for the 2023-2024 school year budget (i.e., Fiscal Year 2024).  Thanks to the financial support provided by our community through the operational override passed in the spring of 2021, we will continue to enjoy the stability of having sufficient resources in the next school year to avoid budget cuts to staffing or programming, while providing a modest amount of additional resources to meet requirements and address key priorities.  You can view the budget presentation slides here, access the full budget recommendation document here, and view the video of the presentation here.  Presentations on specific areas of the budget will be made at upcoming School Committee meetings, and there will be a public hearing on the budget at the meeting of March 29.

At that same meeting, I also presented a recommended calendar for the 2023-2024 school year.  You can view the presentation slides here, the proposed calendar here, and video of my presentation of the proposed calendar here. The School Committee will vote on the calendar at their next meeting on March 1, 2023.  As with any issue, if you would like to provide feedback to the School Committee in advance of their vote, you can send all members an email at

I hope that you all have an enjoyable February school vacation with family and friends!


Joe Sawyer
Superintendent of Schools

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