March 2016 (Vote to Withdraw from Minuteman

Recently, the Town of Weston, like a number of area towns, voted to withdraw from the Minuteman Regional Vocational School District.  Given that we typically have only three to four Weston students attending Minuteman, I believe this decision was a sound one.
Withdrawing and becoming a non-member school district will be a meaningful cost savings to the town yet does not preclude Weston students from attending the vocational high school.  Instead of having an assessment levied on the town for each student attending Minuteman plus a capital assessment, we will pay on a per-student tuition basis going forward.  It is important to note that the tuition is paid by the town, not the family.  So in effect, this change is invisible to interested students.
Vocational high school is not an option for everyone.  Calling Minuteman and other like schools (e.g. Assabet Valley in Marlborough or Keefe Tech in Framingham) vocational centers is almost misleading by today’s programming.  For those of my generation, Voc Schools conjure up a picture of shop class tucked in the back of the school.  Instead, today’s centers offer a variety of programs, from biotechnology to environment science to culinary arts, all focused on career and college readiness coupled with practical hands-on experiences.
Weston Public Schools is no longer a member of the Minuteman district but our middle and high school counselors will continue to work with all parents to assure each student is prepared and place in an appropriate program for his/her future success.
John Brackett

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