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Letter from the Superintendent: International Baccalaureate (IB) Update

April 16, 2013

Dear Parent(s) and or Guardian(s):

In case you are not aware, at the April 4th Board of Education Meeting, the Board of Education voted to discontinue the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. We would like to take a moment to thank our educators for being the strong instructional leaders they are.

There was a great deal of work put into implementing the IB program at the Emma C. Chase building and a great deal of work put into building the IB program at the George L. Cooke and Kenneth L. Rutherford buildings. As noted at the meeting, we are extremely pleased with the strong instructional work that has been done as a result of this program. It is also important to note that we intend to build forward, take what we have learned from IB, and build toward a successful future implementing the college and career readiness expectations demanded of the Common Core. Our work with IB has absolutely perched us at an excellent starting point to undertake this rigorous task.

Discontinuing IB was not an easy choice. As you know, budgetary limitations imposed by the 2% tax cap forced us to look not just at our ability to carry forward with the program this coming year, but to take into account the fiscal capabilities to continue the program in three years and beyond. In looking at the information, it was evident that we would need to make reductions each year in order to comply with the imposed cap, and we wanted to set forward on a path that would allow for compliance with cap, but would also allow us to aspire to the vision that we become "One Monticello."

Although fiscally we could not continue forward with the program, we know full-well that we will reap the future benefits of the educational dedication and instructional improvements that resulted from IB's implementation.

Your partners in education,

Daniel A. Teplesky, Superintendent of Schools & Tammy Mangus, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction