Algonquin’s MCAS scores aren’t the only thing out of the school making news recently. Here’s a round-up of Algonquin-related stories in the local media from the last week or so.
Feds laud Algonquin for energy efficiency (Metrowest Daily News)
The federal government recognized Algonquin Regional High School as being among the nation’s most energy efficient schools — the first school in MetroWest to earn such distinction. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the school its Energy Star award, which signifies that the building uses 35 percent less energy and generates 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings nationwide. (read more)
Rising class sizes at Algonquin a concern for School Committee (Metrowest Daily News)
Enrollment at Algonquin Regional High School jumped nearly 40 students this year, prompting a frank discussion among Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee members Wednesday about the fact that class size goals aren’t being met. “We should be honest with ourselves,” member Paul Butka said as the committee discussed a budget goal that stipulates the district maintain recommended class sizes. “It’s not one of the things we’re necessarily living up to as much as we’d like.” (read more)
Higher state aid means $100,000 back to Northboro, Southboro (Worcester Telegram)
The Northboro-Southboro Regional School District will return a total of more than $100,000 to the towns of Northboro and Southboro after a revised budget assessment for fiscal year 2013 revealed it had received more state aid than previously anticipated. The district received $117,654 more in Chapter 70 funding than it had predicted during its budgeting process in January. As a result, the district is required to give that difference back to the towns, which provide school funding based on the district’s estimate. (read more)