Four teachers, representing a larger group, presented a childcare initiative to the school committee at last night’s meeting. The presentation was impressive and the benefits to the school system are significant.
Several of our surrounding communities offer childcare as an employee benefit. As our demographics shift and we get younger as an organization, a quality childcare facility will help us to recruit top candidates and retain our current faculty and staff.
As discussed in the presentation, after an initial investment to renovate existing space into an appropriate facility, the childcare program will be self funded. In other words, like our food service program and after school program, the childcare benefit will not impact our operational budget.
In addition to being a forward-thinking idea, the faculty led childcare initiative is indicative of distributed leadership – a critical characteristic of a healthy and effective organization. Ideas, innovations, and improvements originate and are valued from all levels and perspectives in any world class organization.
Thank you to the teachers for committing their time to present an idea that will make us more effective. Special thanks to the steering committee members Amy Doughty, Christina Chang, Liz Marchetti, Leisel Smith, Barbara Sturtevant, Gloria Wojtaszek, Cath Estep, and Craig Robinson.