Ayer Shirley Regional

School District

Equity, Equality and Access for All




Employee Handbook

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, veteran status, or limited English-speaking ability.  


Professionalism in the workplace is an expectation for employees and employers, and can look very different in varied settings (e.g physical education teacher). Professionalism is a common element in a variety of successful places of work, including schools. Educators are held to a higher standard than other professionals, and at ASRSD, all teachers and staff members are considered professional staff, and are held to this higher standard.  

To support a healthy, successful, professional, and ethical environment in all of our schools, the following are suggested guidelines for all staff and faculty:

Business-casual dress:  

Note:  “Dress-down” days, medical issues, and specific teaching situations may create exceptions.

Social-Media and Communication:  

Showing Professionalism:


Employee Handbook


ASRSD Vision Statement

Ayer Shirley Regional District Directory

2016-2017 School Calendar

Central Office

School Committee


Directors and Coordinators

Business Office

Special Education Department

Technology Department

Custodial Department

Food Service Department

School Closing/Delays

Daily Schedules

Report Card Schedule

State Testing Schedule


Payroll Schedule:

Payroll Information:



Benefit Information:

Optional Insurance:

Employee Discounts:

                      ASRSD Vision Statement

Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express their thoughts and ideas in the community, and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work.

ASRSD Mission Statement


The mission of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District is to educate - and to graduate - all of our students, and to foster a safe and respectful environment where each student develops the skills, character, and values needed to become a productive member of the global society.

Our Core Beliefs

        Ayer Shirley Regional District Directory

Page Hilltop Elementary (Pk-5)                                PH STAFF DIRECTORY CLICK HERE

115 Washington Street, Ayer, MA 01432

Phone: 978-772-8600

Fax:          978-772-8631        

Principal: Fred Deppe                                extension 1400

Assistant Principal: Elizabeth Lewis                extension 1426

Administrative Assistants:

        Gail Januskiewicz                        extension 1401

        Peggy Carlson                        extension 1402

Lura A White Elementary (Pk-5)                                LAW STAFF DIRECTORY CLICK HERE

34 Lancaster Road, Shirley, MA 01464

Phone: 978-772-8600

Fax:          978-425-2639

Principal: Jill Peterson                        extension 1101

Assistant Principal: Carol Poulin                extension 1105

Administrative Assistants:

        Tracey Sargent                        extension 1100

        Betina Libby                                extension 1160

Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School (6-8)                MS STAFF DIRECTORY CLICK HERE

1 Hospital Road, Shirley, MA 01464

Phone: 978-772-8600

Fax:          978-425-0474

Principal: Roberta Aikey                        extension 1206

Assistant Principal: Bryan Oelerich                extension 1201

Administrative Assistants:

        Wendy Curley                                extension 1200

        Betina Libby                                extension 1279

Ayer Shirley Regional High School (9-12)                        HS STAFF DIRECTORY CLICK HERE

141 Washington Street, Ayer, MA 01432

Phone: 978-772-8600

Fax:          978-772-8615

Principal: Al Varga                                extension 1300

Assistant Principal: Edwin Ramos                extension 1302

Administrative Assistants:

        Judy Swift                                extension 1303

Deb Rader                                extension 1301

                         2016-2017 School Calendar

                       Central Office

School Committee

The School Committee is the elected body that establishes goals and policies for the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, appoints the Superintendent, and approves the budget.

Joyce Reischutz, Chairperson

Pat Kelly

Dan Gleason, Vice Chairperson

James Quinty

Michelle Granger, Secretary

Jonathan Deforge

The Ayer Shirley Regional Central Offices are located in the Page Hilltop Elementary School, 115 Washington Street, Ayer, MA, 01432. We are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our telephone number is 978-772-8600. We are here to serve you and meet your needs.


Mary E. Malone, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools


Extension 1507

Michelle Towne, Admin Assistant to the Superintendent


Extension 1508

Mary Beth Hamel, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction


Extension 1509

William Plunkett, Finance Director


Extension 1510

Tara Bozek, Director of Special Education


Extension 1407

Michael Thibeault, Director of Technology


Extension 1312

Directors and Coordinators

Susan Parker, Food Service Coordinator


Extension 1512

Robert Briggs, Facilities Coordinator


Extension 1683

Jonathan Sweeney, Athletic Director


Extension 1370

Karen Kobus, Nurse Leader


Extension 1410

Karen Murphy, ELL Coordinator


Extension 1211

                      Business Office

The Ayer Shirley Regional Business Office is located in the Page Hilltop Elementary School, 115 Washington Street, Ayer, MA, 01432. We are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our telephone number is 978-772-8600. We welcome your questions and are prepared to help you in any way that we can.

The Business Office staff includes:

 Name                Title                                                     Email                                     Extension

William Plunkett

Finance Director



Jessica Rakip

HR Specialist/Data Manager



Amanda Lewis




Lisa Herget

Accounts Payable/Receivable



Payroll/Benefits: Benefits (including health and dental insurance, life insurance), payroll (including pay scales, leave time, changes to accounts), retirement

HR Specialist/Data Manager: Licensure, lane changes, professional status, contracts, FMLA, CORI and fingerprinting, evaluations, ELAR information, personnel files

Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable: Invoices, course reimbursement

           Special Education Department

The Special Education Department is located in Page Hilltop Elementary School, 115 Washington Street, Ayer, MA, 01432. We are open Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our telephone number is 978-772-8600.

The Special Education Department includes:

Name                               Title                                    Email                          Extension

Tara Bozek

Special Education Director



Linda Brownell

ETL, Grades Prek-5



Paula Gastonguay

ETL, Grades 6-12



Joan Fiset

Administrative  Assistant



Doreen Mahoney

Administrative  Assistant



                       Technology Department

Name                                   Title                                       Email                              Extension

Mike Thibeault

Technology Director



Deb Cutter

Network Coordinator



Maxo Daniel

Computer Specialist




Computer Specialist

To access Ayer Shirley Regional School Districts Technology site, visit: https://sites.google.com/a/asrsd.org/technology/home

Click HERE to access the “Technology Request Form”

Click HERE to access information on setting up Voicemail

Click HERE to access SchoolDude

SchoolDude, our technology helpdesk, has added a new security level to our SchoolDude site. You will now have a personal login with a password. Please follow the directions below to login:

If you ALREADY have submitted a SchoolDude request in previous years:

  1. Click on this link to access SCHOOLDUDE: https://login.myschoolbuilding.com/msb
  2. Type in your email
  3. Click on "FORGOT PASSWORD"

If you have never submitted a SchoolDude request:

Click on this link to access SCHOOLDUDE: https://login.myschoolbuilding.com/msb

Scroll down to where you see “Never Submitted a Request? Register Here!”

Click on the arrow, like the one shown here:   Register Here!

The organization's account number is: 170174945

Our goal is to address your issue within 3 days of submitting a ticket.


                                  Custodial Department

*Custodial staff have two shifts: 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, or 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm.

Name                                        Email                             Room #                Extension

Robert Briggs, Facilities Coordinator




Page Hilltop Staff                                

Brian Fillebrown

Ruth Struck

Renay DelRosario

Dan Bruneault

Gerry Taylor, Part time

Lura A White Staff                                        

Penny Halpin

Chris Martin


Middle School Staff

Ray Maillet

James Soucy

Ryan Richard, Part Time

High School Staff

Ed Stevens

Bob Briggs

Ken Lewis

AJ Boisseau

John Thomas

           Food Service Department


Name                                        Email                         Room #                             Extension

Susan Parker


Business office/HS/LAW


Page Hilltop Staff

Bev Andre, Kitchen Manager

Donna Doucette

Darlene Stewart

Amanda Amicangelo

Lura A White Staff

Joan O’Clair, Kitchen Manager

Shirley Richard

Marion Sanford

Middle School Staff

Sue Bryant, Kitchen Manager

Heidi Nelson

Diane Ridings

Anice Soucy

High School Staff

Diane Jones, Kitchen Manager

Sue Sheldrick

Carole Watson

Kim Porter

                       School Cancellation/Delayed Openings

The following procedures will be followed for a school closing/school delay:

  1. A decision will be made as early as possible, preferably by 5:00-5:30am.
  2. You will receive a call and email via Blackboard Connect.
  3. School closing/delay will be aired on Channels 4, 5, 7, & Fox 25.
  4. The no school/delay announcement will be posted on Facebook, the District Website www.asrsd.org, and tweeted via my twitter account, which is Mary Malone@marymalone7.
  5. The message will be recorded on the district phone system at 978-772-8600.

Other Important Reminders:

  1. The Ayer Childcare Program & Shirley extended day will both be closed when the schools are closed.
  2. AM pre-school sessions are cancelled in the event of a delayed opening.
  3. School start times for a delayed opening:

        High School                9:18

        Middle School                9:30

        Page Hilltop                10:35

        Lura A White                10:35

Daily Schedules


Drop Off


Class Start


Half Day

(no lunch)

90 Min

Early Release

(lunch served)















Page Hilltop







Lura A. White







    2016-2017 Report Card Schedule

Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, grade K-5 will be reporting TRIMESTERS. Grades 6-12 will continue on a QUARTER schedule.

Page Hilltop and Lura A White Report Card Schedule:

Trimester One:                                        Trimester Two:

Start:                        August 30, 2016                Start:                        December 5, 2016

Progress Reports:        October 12, 2016                Progress Reports:        February 1, 2017

End:                        December 2, 2016                End:                        March 17, 2017

Report Cards:                December 12, 2016                Report Cards:                March 27, 2017

Trimester Three:

Start:                        March 20, 2017

Progress Reports:        May 10, 2017

End:                        June 9, 2017

Report Cards:                June 15, 2017

December 13: ½ day (K-5): Conference preparation, evening conferences

December 14: ½ day (K-5): Afternoon conferences

March 28: ½ day (K-5): Conference preparation, evening conferences

March 29: ½ day (K-5): Afternoon Conferences

Ayer Shirley Middle School and High School Report Card Schedule:

Quarter One:                                                Quarter Two:

Start:                        August 30, 2016                Start:                        November 7, 2016

Progress Reports:        October 5, 2016                Progress Reports:        December 14, 2016

End:                        November 4, 2016                End:                        January 27, 2017

Report Cards:                November 14, 2016                Report Cards:                February 6, 2017

Quarter Three:                                                Quarter Four:

Start:                        January 30, 2017                Start:                        April 3, 2017

Progress Reports:        March 8, 2017                        Progress Reports:        May 10, 2017

End:                        March 31, 2017                End:                        June 9, 2017

Report Cards:                April 10, 2017                        Report Cards:                June 15, 2017

November 15: ½ day (6-8): Conference prep

November 16: ½ day (6-12): Afternoon and evening conferences

February 7: ½ day (6-8): Conference prep, evening conferences

February 8: ½ day (6-8): Afternoon conferences

       2016-2017  State Testing Schedule

November 2016 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Retests

ELA Composition Sessions A and B

November 2

ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2

November 3

ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3

November 4

Mathematics Session 1

November 9

Mathematics Session 2

November 10

Last date for make-up testing

November 14

2017 ACCESS for ELLS Test Grades K–12

ACCESS for ELLs test sessions

January 5–February 8

February 2017 High School MCAS Biology Test

Biology Session 1

February 6

Biology Session 2

February 7

Last date for make-up testing

February 9

March 2017 MCAS ELA and Mathematics Retests

ELA Composition Sessions A and B

March 1

ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2

March 2

ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3

March 3

Mathematics Session 1

March 6

Mathematics Session 2

March 7

Last date for make-up testing

March 8

2017 MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt)Grades 3–12

Deadline for UPS pickup of portfolios

March 31

March–April 2017 Grade 10 MCAS ELA Test

ELA Composition Sessions A and B

March 21

ELA Composition Make-up Sessions A and B

March 30

ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 and 2

March 22

ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3

March 23

Last date for make-up testing

April 3

Spring 2017 MCAS Tests for Elementary and Middle Schools

Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 5 and 8 STE

MCAS test sessions

April 3–May 26

May 2017 Grade 10 MCAS Mathematics Test

Mathematics Session 1

May 16

Mathematics Session 2

May 17

Last date for make-up testing

May 23

June 2017 High School MCAS STE Tests

(Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, Technology/Engineering)

STE Session 1

June 5

STE Session 2

June 6

Last date for make-up testing

June 8

·           Grades 3–8:

o        The number and length of test sessions will be determined later. We are projecting that each subject area will have 2 sessions (ELA may have 3), and that test sessions will be generously timed (with exceptions for students with disabilities and ELL students).

o        Some tests may be offered online and some may be required to be administered online. Schools doing paper-based testing will be encouraged to return at least their ELA materials early.

o        We anticipate that full preliminary results will not be provided, due to the later schedule for all subjects, but we will be able to provide preliminary multiple-choice results for all subjects.

·           For high schools, individual test sessions are designed to be completed in 45 minutes for ELA Composition and Reading Comprehension, and 60 minutes for Mathematics and the STE tests. Each test session, however, remains untimed.


Payroll Schedule:


Payroll Information:


    2016-2017 Benefits

Benefit Information:

Optional Insurance:

Ayer Shirley Regional School District offers optional insurance plans including Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Long Term Disability, 403B's, and 457 Deferred Compensation Plans. Information on all these plans can be found HERE, including enrollment forms and overviews.

Employee Discounts:

Tuition Reimbursement:

The Commonwealth's primary educational offering is a tuition remission program available to eligible state employees and their spouses. It provides partial to full remission of tuition for programs and courses taken on the employee's own time at public community colleges, state colleges, and state university campuses.

More information, including common questions, guidelines, and the form, can be found HERE

August 2016