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Friends of Northshore Education Consortium Inc.

 112 Sohier Road
 Beverly, MA 01915
[P] (978) 232-9755 x 1253
[F] (978) 232-9449
http://www.nsedu.org
[email protected]
Francine Rosenberg
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INCORPORATED: 2005
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EIN 61-1479553

LAST UPDATED: 10/17/2017
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium was formed to provide support to the Northshore Education Consortium, the largest provider of services to children with special needs North of Boston.  Its mission to raise funds to support the mission of the Northshore Education Consortium, one of the Commonwealth's special education collaboratives that includes 20 North of Boston public school districts. 
 
NEC MISSION STATEMENT:  The Northshore Education Consortium supports its member districts by providing high quality, cost-effective public programs, support services and resources to ensure meaningful and successful learning experiences for a wide spectrum of students and staff. The Consortium will be a leader in influencing the development of public policy and building coalitions between and among districts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and solving the challenges faced by its member districts.

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium was formed to provide support to the Northshore Education Consortium, the largest provider of services to children with special needs North of Boston.  Its mission to raise funds to support the mission of the Northshore Education Consortium, one of the Commonwealth's special education collaboratives that includes 20 North of Boston public school districts. 
 
NEC MISSION STATEMENT:  The Northshore Education Consortium supports its member districts by providing high quality, cost-effective public programs, support services and resources to ensure meaningful and successful learning experiences for a wide spectrum of students and staff. The Consortium will be a leader in influencing the development of public policy and building coalitions between and among districts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and solving the challenges faced by its member districts.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $19,579,831.00
Projected Expense $19,190,827.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Kevin O'Grady School
  • Northshore Academy
  • Northshore Recovery High School
  • Topsfield Vocational Academy
  • Transition Programs

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium was formed to provide support to the Northshore Education Consortium, the largest provider of services to children with special needs North of Boston.  Its mission to raise funds to support the mission of the Northshore Education Consortium, one of the Commonwealth's special education collaboratives that includes 20 North of Boston public school districts. 
 
NEC MISSION STATEMENT:  The Northshore Education Consortium supports its member districts by providing high quality, cost-effective public programs, support services and resources to ensure meaningful and successful learning experiences for a wide spectrum of students and staff. The Consortium will be a leader in influencing the development of public policy and building coalitions between and among districts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and solving the challenges faced by its member districts.

Background Statement

The non-profit Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium was formed in 2005 to support the Consortium, after significant state budget cuts.
 
The Consortium is the largest provider of services to nontraditional students North of Boston. In addition to 20 member school districts, 25 other districts send students whose complex needs cannot be met in their local schools. The Consortium runs seven specialized programs that serve 400+ students, ages 3 to 22.

 

  • The Kevin O’Grady School in Beverly serves students, ages 3 to 22, with significant developmental delays, including pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), multiple handicaps, visual impairments and medical fragility.
  • Northshore Academy provides alternative therapeutic education to 180 students who face social-emotional, behavioral and psychological challenges.  Grades K – 6 attend the lower school in W. Peabody and grades 7 to 12 the upper school in Beverly. 
  • Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly serves students, grades 9 to 12, who have made a firm commitment to their recovery from substance use. The Consortium opened this nationally acclaimed program in 2007 -- the first recovery high school in the state -- in partnership with the Mass Department of Public Health. Principal Michelle Lipinski speaks locally and nationally about adolescent substance use.
  • Transition Programs: Embark serves post-secondary students ages 18 - 22 who have learning delays and/or disabilities. Embark prepares students for independent living and connects them to employment opportunities. the STEP (Skills Training Education Possibilities) program is a therapeutic, academic, community based instruction program for students, ages 15 - 22, with varied cognitive abilities and social-emotional/behavioral challenges. STEP enables students to achieve a high level of success and independence in a classroom setting and then transfer those skills into the community. SOAR serves young adults 18 - 22 with Asberger's Syndrome and/or significant anxiety. The program assists students in transitioning to college and work, and supports them to become confident contributing members of society.
  • The Consortium’s Family and Professional Learning Center sponsors regional professional development, family education, and family support. In addition, it maintains a comprehensive library of books, pamphlets and other materials on a wide range of disabilities and special education, mental health and substance abuse issues. 

 


Impact Statement

During the 2015 - 2016 year, substantial progress was made toward achieving the strategic goals set by the Board.

Goal 1: Strengthen internal process of utilizing data to assess program quality and student outcomes in all seven Northshore Education Consortium programs.

Progress:

During the 2015-2016 school year, each school program worked to identify and implement improved systems for tracking data on student behavior and student learning outcomes.
 
All staff participated in Professional Learning Communities with a focus on sharing and analyzing assessment data, and beginning to use this data to improve practice.

Goal 2: Strengthen Northshore Education Consortium's financial status and infrastructure for long-range sustainability.

Progress:

The Consortium ended the school year with an operating surplus, and therefore did not need to increase tuition rates beyond 2%.
 
A Collective Bargaining Agreement was resolved, which runs through 2019.
 
Significant progress was made in addressing capital needs and developing a long range technology plan.

Goal 3: Strengthen the Northshore Education Consortium's ability to respond to district needs and serve as a regional resource.

Progress:

Special Education Directors reported satisfaction with NEC programs and services.
 
Consortium leaders were involved in a range of regional initiatives with districts, other collaboratives, Mass. Department of Early and Secondary Education and Salem State University. 

Needs Statement

In 2015, the Northshore Education Consortium launched a $250,000 campaign to meet the critical need for classroom technology. The campaign, which has raised $150,000 to date, continues to be a major focus of fundraising needs. Another $100,000 is left to raise to meet the need for new computers, iPads and other technology.

  • The Consortium's programs need new technology in order to stay current with best education practices in curriculum. Our students should have access to all of the same educational technology opportunities that public school students have. They need state of the art technology to meet the Mass Department of Education curriculum frameworks and federal Common Core standards in technology and literacy. 
  • Students with intellectual, physical, learning, speech and vision disabilities need specialized adaptive technology, educational apps and software. 
  • Students need technology to master pre-vocational skills that students need  in order to enter and remain in the workforce. Students need to be able to use technology for entry level jobs in the workforce. Even auto mechanics grocery store cashiers need to be able to use technology and have basic computer skills.
  • Educators need professional development in the use of new technology and educational apps in the classroom.

CEO Statement

I am pleased to share highlights of the activities and accomplishments of the 2015 - 2016 school year.

Northshore Education Consortium remains committed to the core mission of providing high quality, cost effective public programs, support services, and resources to assist member districts in meeting the needs of students who require specialized educational services.

This past year was an excellent one for our Collaborative. Several of our programs successfully moved into new or renovated spaces, we were able to end the school year with a financial surplus and we saw many positive outcomes for our students.

Some highlights of the year included:

  • The successful opening of the Northshore Academy Upper School building at 126 Sohier Road.
  • The relocation of Northshore Recovery High School to the third floor of 112 Sohier Road.
  • The implementation of district wide professional learning communities for our entire staff.
  • Significant progress in the upgrading of educational technology across programs.
  • Resolution of a contract with our employees union.
  • Continued expansion of our transition, pre-vocational and vocational programs, including a wide array of community-based jobs and internships.
  • Implementation of improved practices in the areas of trauma informed care and behavioral support
  • Outstanding professional development workshops for our staff and for educators from member districts.

The successes of the past year enabled us to begin the current year with the completion of several important capital projects, and a recommitment to workforce development, utilizing assessment data to inform best practices, and expanding our ability to provide training and consultation in our region.

Sincerely,

Francine H. Rosenberg, M.Ed.

Executive Director

 


Board Chair Statement

The Northshore Education Consortium has been providing needs-based educational and related support services for the benefit of youth with special developmental requirements for more than 40 years. The work that the Consortium does, and the knowledge that it has accumulated through these many years of service, unquestionably have had a positive impact on the kids, their families and the greater North Shore of Boston.

The challenges are continuously related to the goal of securing adequate and meaningful resources to provide thoughtful and caring services to a wide spectrum of youth, along with the needs of their families.  

To supplement the financial resources defined and decided by the 20 school districts served by the Northshore Education Consortium, a volunteer group was formed in 2005: The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium (the Friends). 

To meet the challenges of rationing finite resources, the Friends represents a nimble and effective solution for acquiring, installing, implementing and/or allocating teaching tools and devices that accelerate the learning process for those kids challenged by a conventional learning paradigm. 

Very simply, the Friends identify substantive ways to raise funds to purchase proven, high-impact learning tools and devices. The Friends has also played a pivotal role in the design and installation of a universal, accessible playground and an athletic field to bring greater indoor/outdoor balance to the school experience.
 
Since its founding, the Friends has raised $1.4 million to support the Northshore Education Consortium through grants, special events, an annual appeal, major gifts and tribute gifts. Thank you for your interest in our work and the Consortium. 
 
 

 


Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium reaches out for support throughout the North of Boston geographic area.
 
The Northshore Education Consortium is comprised of 20 school districts located on the North Shore, including Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, Gloucester, Hamilton-Wenham, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester-Essex, Nahant, North Reading, Reading, Rockport, Marblehead, Masconomet, Swampscott and Tri-Town. 25 other area districts send students as well.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Special Education
  2. Education - Remedial Reading & Encouragement
  3. Public & Societal Benefit -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Kevin O'Grady School

“Every student. Every day. Whatever it takes.”
 
That’s the motto of the Kevin O’Grady School, which serves students ages 3 to 22 with severe special needs, including complex medical needs, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, visual or hearing impairment, autism, intellectual disabilities and medical fragility.
 
Staff work to ensure the success of all students in the face of significant challenges. At the heart of the program is a committed multi-disciplinary staff of professionals focused on creating positive learning opportunities for all students and their families or caregivers.
 
Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology, including iPads, computers, special learning apps, communication devices and adaptive technology to meet all student’s needs.
Budget  $10,995,768.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Other Health/Disability
Program Short-Term Success 
Children who cannot succeed or be served by their home school districts are able to access the curriculum.
 
These severely disabled children might otherwise be institutionalized if there were not a day program offered by the Northshore Educational Consortium. 
Program Long-Term Success  Federally and state mandated specialized education services are provided and children are able to access the curriculum and function to the best of their abilities.
Program Success Monitored By 
Federal and state special education mandates.
 
State Department of Education evaluations. 
 
Evaluations by the Program Director and Executive Director.
 
Oversight by district Special Education Directors of their district's students. 
Examples of Program Success 
Children start at a young age (some as young as 3) and stay with the program for many years, finally graduating at age 22 and moving on to post-graduate day programs for young adults.
 
Physically able, autistic students receive vocational training and are able to perform a range of tasks, including recycling paper and bottles/cans, stocking supplies and making a variety of items for sale. 

Northshore Academy

The Northshore Academy Upper and Lower Schools provide alternative education for students in grades K to 12 who have emotional and behavioral disabilities. The Academy provides a dynamic therapeutic milieu with a challenging academic and vocational curriculum.  Students who attend the Academy have had a history of struggling in traditional classroom environments and have typically been unable to make sufficient progress in their previous academic settings.  

Budget  $6,758,816.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Through the use of innovative educational programming, comprehensive clinical services and a broad spectrum of specialist services, the Northshore Academy seeks to maximize each student’s potential in the school environment, with the goal of academic progress and personal growth. 
Program Long-Term Success  Through the use of innovative educational programming, comprehensive clinical services and a broad spectrum of specialist services, the Northshore Academy seeks to maximize each student’s potential in the school environment, with the goal of academic progress and personal growth. Students will succeed post graduation, either obtaining employment or moving on to post high school study either in college or trade school. Students with emotional disabilities will be able to integrate into and be a part of their community.
Program Success Monitored By 
MCAS results
 
Annual classroom teacher observations and evaluations
 
Evaluation by the Mass Department of Education to ascertain that regulations for high schools are met and that students are succeeding. 
Examples of Program Success 
Many students' lives have been changed by taking part in the school's culinary arts program. They learn how to cook, prepare the daily school lunch and cater events for the Consortium -- even a delicious lunch for the Friends donor recognition event.
 
The Northshore Academy runs a life changing Outdoor Adventures Program, which takes students on regular day hikes.  With a two-year grant from the North Shore Community Health Network, the Academy was able to run overnight hikes in the White Mountains. These trips promote the health and wellness of at risk, sedentary teenagers.  In 2012-2013, 30 students went on overnight camping trips.  All objectives were met – to increase daily caloric expenditure through increased physical activity (climbing a mountain, skiing, snowshoeing and canoeing); students learned about proper nutrition to power themselves on these trips; adult chaperones and teachers sought to encourage in students a lifelong love of being active in the natural environment. 
 
 
 

Northshore Recovery High School

Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly serves students, grades 9 to 12, who have made a firm commitment to their recovery from substance use. Northshore Recovery High School opened its doors in September 2007 with the support of Northshore Education Consortium and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Recovery Hight meets the diverse academic and recovery needs of students who have a diagnosed substance use disorder. Staff provide students and their families the support necessary so that they can complete their high school education and receive a diploma in an environment that supports their recovery needs. Recovery High provides recovering students a safe and supportive community in an academic and therapeutic environment. The school fosters an ethic of honesty and mutual respect, promoting accountability to oneself and to the community, and prepares students for higher education, military service or employment.

 
Budget  $1,261,568.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short-Term Success 

Through peer and staff support, students will become and remain sober. They will complete the academic requirements necessary to graduate high school. They will continue on to college, career training or employment.

Program Long-Term Success 

Students will successfully remain sober for a lifetime and become self-sufficient adults who contribute to society.

Program Success Monitored By  Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which provides the school's contract and $100,000 per year of support.  The department has many regulations and success measures that must be met.
Examples of Program Success  Each year, formerly addicted students, now sober, successfully complete high school and receive their high school diplomas. A number of them continue on to college.

Topsfield Vocational Academy

The Topsfield Vocational Academy joined the Northshore Education Consortium on July 1, 2017. The program provides students with an opportunity to enhance their middle school or high school educational experience with hands-on vocational training. The program offers smaller-sized vocational and academic classrooms for students who need social, emotional, and behavioral interventions. Students learn to make responsible choices and develop self-control. The Topsfield Vocational Academy offers an academic curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core Standards. Students participate in core academic classes as well as a wide variety of vocational experiences. These include on-site woodworking and culinary arts programs and many different off-site opportunities such as auto shop, sheet metal, and child care.
Budget  $1,710,267.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  x
Program Long-Term Success  x
Program Success Monitored By  x
Examples of Program Success  x

Transition Programs

EMBARK serves young adults, 18 – 22, with learning delays and/or intellectual disabilities that have a desire to continue their education beyond high school. Embark enables them to be independent living and traveling in the community, and assisting them in career development, internships and employment.

 
STEP (Skills Training Education Possibilities) Program is a therapeutic, academic, community based instruction program for students, 15 - 22, with varied cognitive abilities and social-emotional/behavioral challenges. STEP enables them to achieve a high level of success and independence in a classroom setting and transfer these skills to the community.
 
SOAR is a specially designed transition program for students, 18 – 22, with Asperger’s Syndrome, anxiety disorders and related diagnoses. SOAR assists students in transitioning to college and work and supports them in becoming confident, contributing members of society.
Budget  $1,190,883.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 
  1. Independent Living:Students will achieve the foundational skills necessary for independent living, including:ability to use public transportation, consumer skills, social and leisure options, oral and written communication, computer literacy, understanding disabilities, current events, interpersonal relationships, residential life competencies, self-esteem, health and issues pertaining to adult sexuality, and how to use resources within the community, including mobility options.
  2. Occupational Development:As a result of occupational development services, students will achieve economic stability and independence.Occupational development will involve a full range of services, including assessment and advisement, development of foundational skills, vocational and career preparation, individualized career planning, internships, and vocational training and job placement.
  3. The SOAR program helps students with Asberger's Syndrome and or anxiety disorders to transition to college.
Program Long-Term Success  The goals of the Consortium's transition programs are to enable these young adults to live and work independently, and thereby achieve happiness in their personal and social lives and economic stability, rather than face a life of institutionalization.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program Director staff and program evaluations.
 
Evaluation by the Executive Director and Special Education Directors from all districts that enroll students in the program.
 
State regulations and mandates; evaluations by the state Department of Early and Secondary Education.
 
Successful placement of students for internships and post-program employment. 
Examples of Program Success  Every year, students successful graduate the two year transitional program and move on to successful employment. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Francine H. Rosenberg M.Ed.
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Francine H. Rosenberg, M.Ed. has devoted 30 years to teaching and running programs for children and young adults with significant special needs.  Her particular expertise has been to work at the cross-section of child welfare, mental health and special education.   Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Northshore Education Consortium in July 2013, Ms. Rosenberg served as Vice President of Program Operations at Walker, the Needham-based non-profit that provides special education, behavioral health, and residential treatment services to children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral health challenges. 

Ms. Rosenberg worked as a teacher and educational administrator, as well as provided leadership for a range of residential treatment programs, during her 25-year career at Walker.  Ms. Rosenberg has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Wheelock College and as a consultant to public schools.  She greatly enjoys teaching teachers and mentoring young professionals.  Ms. Rosenberg has served as a board member for the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools.  She has a B.S. and a M.Ed. in Special Education from Tufts University.

In a statement to staff, Ms. Rosenberg said, “I have always been attracted to settings that take a developmental approach, value the idea of a multidisciplinary team, and have a true commitment to strength-based practice.  I believe deeply that all people deserve to be treated with respect, and that students, parents, and professionals thrive when they feel safe and valued. I strive to build teams in which there is honest dialogue.”

 

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Robert Gass M.Ed. Jan 2000 June
Mr. Kevin O'Grady 1975 Dec

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Glenn Bergevin MBA, CPA Chief Financial Officer
Glenn Bergevin has many years of experience as an MBA/CPA in a variety of industries, including special education and not-for-profit work. Prior to joining the Consortium in 2013, Bergevin was the CFO/Vice President of Finance at Walker, where he worked together with Fran Rosenberg for 10 years. In addition to being a skilled accountant and business manager, Bergevin is a person of great integrity who is deeply committed to mission-driven work and to working as part of a team of equally committed professionals. 
Ms. Tracy Farraher M.Ed. Director Northshore Academy Lower School

Tracy Farraher is currently the Director at the Northshore Academy and Lower School and Assessment Program located in West Peabody, MA. Before becoming director, Farraher worked as a teacher at the Academy for students in grades one through three. She then became the teacher in the primary aged Short-term and Assessment and Re-integration classroom for several years at the program.

That classroom experience allowed her to develop relationships with families as they navigated through the process of special education. Together, she worked with families and districts to create the best education for young, struggling learners.

Farraher graduated from Providence College as a certified special education teacher for students with moderate disabilities in grades K -12 and as an elementary teacher. After a couple of years working with students in a residential school setting, Farraher knew that she wanted to develop and learn the skills necessary to be an elementary school administrator. She then committed to her schooling and earned a Masters in Education.

As an individual committed to her own self-growth and development as an educator, Farraher is excited to watch the Lower School grow and develop.

Ms. Sheila Guiney M.Ed. Director Family & Professional Learning Center

Sheila Guiney, Director of the Family Center, was a home trainer at the Consortium for 13 years, working with families in their homes to teach parents strategies to manage challenging behaviors. Guiney began her career in special education at Boston College working at The Campus School while earning her Masters Degree in Severe Special Education. She has been a teacher in both public and private school settings.

After staying home for several years to start her family, Guiney re-entered the workforce as a home trainer at the Consortium. This was a perfect fit for her as a teacher and mom, as she understood the challenges that busy parents and families face. Supporting families, by teaching them skills and coaching them through challenging situations, is Guiney’s passion. She offers workshops on a variety of topics, as well as Support Groups for parents & caregivers.

Ms. Ellen Heald M.A. Special Education Director of Transition Programs

Ellen Heald has been Director of the Consortium’s Transition Programs SOAR, Embark and STEP since 2013. She was involved in the founding of the STEP program and worked as the program's lead teacher before becoming Director of all three transition programs.

She has 25 years of experience working in special education. She began working in 1991 at the Consortium in the integrated pre-school as a Para professional. The following year, she transferred to the Northshore Academy Lower School as a teacher for a K - 2 grade class. In 1994, she took a leave of absence to raise her young children; during that time she worked on special projects for the Consortium, as well as coordinated the substitute staff. Heald returned to the Consortium full-time in 2003 as a staff member in the student support center at the Northshore Academy Upper School. She became a lead team member and a trainer in CPI and Nappi.

Heald was head teacher for the Academy’s middle school for a few years and then became involved in the development of the STEP Program, one of the Consortium’s three transition programs. She was the head teacher for the STEP Program, where she pursued transitional and vocational opportunities for students.

Ms. Andrea L. Holt M.Ed. Assistant Program Director Kevin O'Grady School

Andrea Holt is the Assistant Director at Kevin O'Grady School and a member of the school leadership team. Holt has worked at Kevin O'Grady School in a number of different roles over the past 20 years: paraprofessional, special education teacher and curriculum & instruction coordinator. The majority of her career has been focused on servicing students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Impairment.

Holt obtained her Master's Degree in Special Education from Salem State University and has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from UMASS-Boston. She has professional licenses in Special Education Administration (all levels) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Special Needs (PreK-8), as well as an Autism Endorsement from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Holt is passionate about promoting best outcomes in all students. She is dedicated to the process of collaboration between families and professionals and believes that parents are equal partners in their child's education process.

Mr. Charles LeBuff M.Ed. Principal, Topsfield Vocational Academy
Charles LeBuff has a long history of working with students with behavioral and emotional issues. He has been director of the Topsfield Vocational Academy since it was established 11 years ago. The 11th group of seniors will graduate in June of 2018. 
 
Mr. LeBuff has a bachelors of Behavioral Science from the University of Southern New Hampshire and a Masters of Education from Cambridge College. Right out of college, in 1978, he began working at the Harbor School in Amesbury, Mass., a residential treatment program for youth that has a school and stayed there for 24 years, directing the various programs. In 2002 he became a teacher at the Merrimack Education Collaborative, a post he held for four years until he became director of the Consortium's Topsfield Vocational Academy, a middle and high school for students with social, emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Mr. Kennith Letzring M.Ed. Director Northshore Academy Upper School
Ken Letzring is the Director of the Northshore Academy Upper School located at the McKeown School in Beverly, Mass. Prior to this, he spent 12 years teaching at-risk youth in a variety of settings including both residential and day schools.
 
While still completing his B.S. in Physical Education at Boston State College, Letzring began a 20 year career in the health and fitness industry where he developed and implemented training programs for national fitness chains including Jack Lalaine Health Clubs, European Health Spas and Holiday Fitness Centers.
 
Life changing experiences were behind his career change and fueled his passion to help struggling adolescents discover and reach their full potential. "When I opened my eyes and saw their pain, I finally realized my own purpose," said Letzring who is always ready to listen to and support his students.
 
Letzring is certified as a school administrator, as well as a special needs teacher.
 
Degrees: M.Ed in Mental Health Counseling,  B.S. in P.E.
Ms. Michelle Lipinski M.Ed. Principal, Northshore Recovery High School
Michelle Lipinski, Principal of the Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly, began her career as a licensed Biology and Chemistry teacher. Her experience in the public school system lent her to work with all types of students from all backgrounds and walks of life.
 
Over a span of eight years, Lipinski realized she developed a significant relationship with those students most at-risk of academic and social failure. For the following eight years of her career, she focused on developing rigorous academic programs which address the whole-child's needs of this population of students.
 
Prior to coming to the Northshore Recovery High School as its founding principal, Lipinski was the Director of the Salem High School Alternative Program where, in addition to addressing the academic needs of her students, she assisted them in starting their own business. Today, Lipinski continues to engage students through workforce opportunities. She is currently aiding students at Recovery High in the development of their own graphic and music design business. Recognized for her academic and experiential knowledge of at-risk youth, Michelle has and continues to speak at state wide and local conferences and workshops.
 
Degrees:
M.Ed in Educational Leadership, BS in Marketing, BS in Molecular Biology
Mr. Thomas Miller M.Ed. Director, Kevin O'Grady School Thomas Miller, Director of the Kevin O'Grady School in Beverly, Mass came to the Northshore Education Consortium from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. He has a strong background in program development for students with multiple disabilities, including autism and visual impairments, ages birth to 22. Miller's focus in developing programs has been on collaboration among staff, therapists and families.  He has also been involved in statewide advocacy with the Department of Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to assure access to quality services for students with low incidence and multiple disabilities.  
Mr. Norman Roberts Director of Facilities --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Massachusetts Organization of Education Collaboratives (MOAC) --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Massachusetts Department of Early and Secondary Education (Mass DESE) --

Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Northshore Education Consortium’s students face enormous challenges every day -- from a pre-school classroom for children with autism, to a high school program for teenagers in recovery from substance abuse, and a middle school classroom for children with multiple physical disabilities. 

The support of The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium allows us to help our students confront these challenges and experience the joy of learning and success. The Friends have been instrumental in helping us bring the latest technology to our students, upgrade our playgrounds, enhance our academic curriculum, and provide a wide range of field trips and enrichment activities. Our students, families and staff are so grateful for that support.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 241
Number of Part Time Staff 42
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 95%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 243
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 195
Male: 62
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Accident and Injury Coverage
Computer Equipment and Software
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Medical Health Insurance

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Graham Bacheller
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lincoln Investment Plannning
Board Chair Term Sept 2016 - Sept 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Graham Bacheller Lincoln Investment Planning Voting
Mr. Chris Conchieri Accenture Voting
Mr. Robert Gass Retired Executive Director of Northshore Education Consortium Voting
Mr. Brad Hildt Essex Search Voting
Ms. Cindy Johnson Parent Voting
Ms. Andrea Kantaros People's United Bank Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Friends of the Northshore Education Consortium is governed by the all-volunteer Board of Directors. Five Consortium staff members take part in Friends meetings: the Executive Director, the Chief Financial Officer and three members of the Development Office, one of whom is liaison to the Friends.
 
The Northshore Education Consortium is governed by a Board that is comprised of all school superintendents of the 20 member public school districts, as well as the Consortium's Executive Director. 
 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $156,369 $118,828 $62,642
Total Expenses $38,138 $153,588 $105,594

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $113,527 $82,486 $52,863
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $42,842 $36,342 $9,779
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $37,203 $150,920 $90,224
Administration Expense $935 $2,668 $15,370
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 4.10 0.77 0.59
Program Expense/Total Expenses 98% 98% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $189,064 $70,833 $105,593
Current Assets $189,064 $70,833 $105,593
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $189,064 $70,833 $105,593

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To raise $250,000 to meet the critical need for new classroom technology.
Campaign Goal $250,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates June 2015 - June 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $201,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Northshore Education Consortium's financial status remains solid, but the shift in populations served requires the Consortium to increase enrollments in the Kevin O’Grady program by offering new services such as 45 day evaluation placements.

Foundation Comments

The financial data in the charts and graphs above reflects the Friends of Northshore Education Consortium Inc. ("the Friends") data, per the 990s posted above. The Audits posted above are that of the Northshore Education Consortium. Friends of Northshore Education Consortium Inc. ("the Friends") operates exclusively as a charitable organization for the purpose of supporting the Northshore Education Consortium, "one of the Commonwealth's special education collaboratives that includes 18 North of Boston public school districts."
 
For the fiscal year 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Audits, the independent auditors issued a qualification to their opinion regarding the post-retirement health benefit liability. Please review the auditors opinion for further information.

Documents


Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Consortium exists to provide innovative, high quality, cost-effective education and related services as requested by its member public school districts. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • programs and services for children (ages 3 to 22) with low-incidence disabilities and 
  • professional development for teachers and other related service professionals. 
These programs and services are available for non-member districts as well. The Consortium also serves as a regional center for planning and problem solving for member districts.

OBJECTIVES:

The overall objectives of the Consortium are:

1. To play a leading role in defining the future role of collaboratives in the Commonwealth.

2. To strengthen and expand the Consortium programs and services in a cost-effective manner that meets the needs of students and faculty in member districts and the region.

3. To develop new programs for students, particularly those with special needs, that allow them to meet the highest academic, social, and life-skill objectives in accordance with emerging evidence based practices.

4. To provide high quality, highly relevant professional development for the employees of the Consortium and member districts.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

During the 2016 - 2016 school year, Northshore Education Consortium’s approved day schools served 390 students from 20 member and 35 non-member districts.
 
The Kevin O’Grady School in Beverly provides highly specialized education programs and services to students age 3 to 22 with severe disabilities including autism, intellectual disabilities, multiple handicaps, physical disabilities and complex medical issues. The school focuses on developing academic and life skills to maximize students’ educational potential and increase opportunities for meaningful participation in home and community activities. During the 2015 - 2016 school year, the Kevin O’Grady School served 129 students from 36 districts.
 
The Northshore Academy Upper School serves students in grades 7 through 12 who struggle with a variety of social, emotional and psychological challenges. Students may also have learning disabilities, be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, or be dealing with several of these challenges simultaneously. Located in Beverly, the Academy served 110 students from 32 districts during the 2015 - 2016 school year. Sixteen students earned their high school diplomas and half of them enrolled in college.

The Northshore Academy Lower School in West Peabody serves students in grades K through 6 who struggle with a variety of social, emotional and psychological challenges. Students may also have learning disabilities, be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder, or be dealing with several of these challenges simultaneously. The Lower School served 58 students from 27 districts during the last school year. Many students who attend the Academy Lower School are able to return to a less restrictive environment. During the past year, 7 out of 17 "graduates" returned to schools in their home districts. 

Northshore Recovery High School meets the needs of high school students who have a history of substance use, but have made a firm commitment to recovery. Funded by the Mass Dept. of Public Health and local school districts, Recovery High provides a high school environment with specialized clinical supports for students who are struggling with issues related to recovery, and often other mental health or learning challenges. During the last school year, Recovery High served 42 students from 15 communities. Thirteen received diplomas; of these two are enrolled in a four year college, five in community college and four are working full time.

The Consortium's Transition Programs EMBARK, SOAR & STEP prepare young adults with moderate learning, psychiatric or intellectual disabilities for successful independence and employment, and in some cases, continuing education. Of the 22 students who graduated in 2016, eight obtained employment, five enrolled in college programs, six went on to receive adult day services and one went into a residential program. In terms of ability to travel and function in the community, four obtained a driver's license or learner’s permit, 14 were able to use a TAP pass independently, and six were able to use a TAP pass with assistance.

In 2015 - 2016, the Consortium served over 137 students in member public school districts through our consultation, itinerant and contract services. The Consortium consulted several districts around restraint prevention and positive behavioral supports. Social workers provided clinical supervision to staff in one member district and conducted informal and formal consultations on complex student situations in several districts. 

 

 

Family and Professional Learning Center: During 2015 - 2016, over 500 individuals benefited from our professional development offerings. Two full day regional trainings, one Executive Functioning, the other on Behavioral Health, drew 150+ educators. 175 attended our 2-day Student Mental Health Conference in August. We hosted 10 family workshops on topics such as Pet Therapy, Creating Social Stories, Sexuality and Puberty, and Managing Challenging Behaviors. 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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