Introduction/Lunenburg Background

Introduction

The purpose of the Lunenburg Public Schools Employee Handbook is to communicate employee policies, procedures, and benefits as well as to direct employees to sources of information pertinent to school personnel, e.g., Lunenburg Public Schools District Policy Manual, collective bargaining documents, Federal Law, and Massachusetts General Law.

 

Lunenburg Background

The town of Lunenburg is approximately twenty-five miles north of Worcester and forty-three miles northwest of Boston.  The community is rich in history and residential in character.  The town houses a few businesses and several working farms.  Recreational facilities include parks, playgrounds, nature trails, and a town beach.  Lunenburg’s close proximity to area colleges as well as to Worcester and Boston provides residents with a wide range of educational and cultural offerings.

 

The Lunenburg Public Schools encompasses five buildings. The district’s administrative offices, which were decentralized in 2010, are located throughout these buildings.  Lunenburg Primary School, the newest facility completed in 2005, houses pre-school through grade three students; Thomas C. Passios School accommodates the Office of the Superintendent and Office of Student Services as well as the Office of School Personnel Services; Turkey Hill Middle School comprises students in grades four through seven; and Lunenburg High School provides a comprehensive education for students in grades eight through twelve.  Brooks House, named for the family who once owned the dwelling, is home to the Lunenburg School Committee and the Office of Facilities and Grounds.

 

Until 1894, Lunenburg only provided public education to students through grade eight as required by law.  In 1894 the state law was amended to require towns without high school facilities to pay the tuition costs of residents who attended high school elsewhere.  The town, upon receiving numerous applications to attend high school, quickly determined it would be cost effective to offer its own high school program.  Hattie Stone provided the first year of high school instruction in the new Center School, which had been built two years earlier.  In 1898, the first Lunenburg resident graduated from his own hometown educational facility.
 
The Lunenburg community takes great pride in its schools including active parent organizations and volunteer programs.  Citizens, students, parents, and employees all play important roles in helping our school district bring its mission and vision statements to life.