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Minuteman to Host Coordinated Program Review                   

LEXINGTON – The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be at Minuteman High School next month, conducting a Coordinated Program Review.  The routine review, which will cover the areas of Special Education, Civil Rights, Career and Technical Education, and English Language Learning, is conducted by the Department once every six years.  

The onsite review at Minuteman will be conducted during the week of February 6-8, 2018.  The visit will be chaired by Sarah Peisch, a Public School Monitoring Specialist at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Edward A. Bouquillon, Superintendent of the Minuteman District, says the school’s faculty and administration actually looks forward to such visits. 

“These visits give us a chance to review our programs, our policies, and our procedures,” Dr. Bouquillon said.  “They make us even a stronger school.”

Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth.  The Department reviews several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs:  Special Education, Civil Rights, Career and Technical Education, and English Language Learning.  After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit, it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee, with detailed findings for each program.

Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations.  Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. If needed, the school district will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. 

Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at <>.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team.  Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent's office at 781-861-6500, ext. 7301, to leave their name and phone number, or they may contact the onsite chair, Sarah Peisch, at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338-3727 or

A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit.  If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.

Minuteman High School is a regional vocational-technical high school located in Lexington.  It offers its students high-quality career and technical education coupled with rigorous academic instruction.

Minuteman is an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC).

For Release: 1.16.18
Contact:  Steven C. Sharek  781-861-6500, ext. 7360