BERKSHIRE HILLS REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Great Barrington                     Stockbridge                  West Stockbridge

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

Teleconference Meeting via Zoom

January 28, 2021 – 6:00pm – approved 2/25/2021

Present:

School Committee:                 S. Bannon, J. St. Peter, A. Hutchinson, C. Sprague, R. Dohoney, B. Fields, D. Singer, B. Bonn-Buffoni, M. Thomas, S. Stephen

Administration:                       P. Dillon, S. Harrison

Staff/Public:                             T. Lee, K. Farina, B. Doren, S. Soule, (student member)

Absent:

RECORDER NOTE:  Meeting attended by recorder and minutes transcribed during the meeting and after the fact from live recording provided by CTSB.  Length of meeting:  1 hour, 15 minutes.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Steve Bannon called the meeting to order immediately at 6pm.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The listing of agenda items are those reasonably anticipated by the chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed, and other items not listed may be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law. This meeting is being recorded by CTSB, Committee Recorder, members of the public with prior Chair permission and will be broadcast at a later date. Minutes will be transcribed and made public, as well as added to our website, www.bhrsd.org once approved.

  • Minutes: MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES OF JANUARY 14, 2021   DOHONEY                  SECONDED:  J. ST. PETER            ACCEPTED:  UNANIMOUS
  • Superintendent’s Report: Dillon – Andrea Wadsworth is the president elect of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.  She has worked in all sorts of roles in education and once worked for us.  A. Wadsworth – it is a pleasure to be addressing this committee.  Thank you so much for having me.  I am the former Division 6 chair.  I am here to introduce the new division members and officers.  They are Dr. William Cameron, the chair of Division 6 which is all of Berkshire County; our Vice-Chair is Jason St. Peter from your board.  We are very excited to have Jason join us.  He was taking a role with MASC through MIAA and he represented us on the hockey board as an MASC member.  We were very excited to have him step up to this role.  Our secretary/treasurer is Steve Bannon.  We have always been honored to have Steve work with us and he has had that role now for four years.  We appreciate all his support.  I wanted to thank you for sharing two of your members in a county-wide initiative but also to represent Berkshire County on the state level.  MASC is the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and we are here to assist you and bring your initiatives forward whether that be legislative or training you may need as a school committee member; we offer Charting the Course which is mandatory for any new member but we also recommend it for any member who would like a refresher.  It is always great to learn about ethics, open meeting laws, etc.  This year we have an equity symposium which we usually travel to Washington DC but COVID has made that not happen.  They are opening that up to all members and I am happy to share that link.  You are the first school committee that I have spoken to about this but it is free and a great way to look at equity through the lens of a school committee member and we would love for anyone to join us in representing Massachusetts.  As a school committee member you are going to be receiving a surgery about the annual institute.  It was postponed this year because of COVID.  We have to be at the Cape in November, on site, and as school committee members I recommend that you try to send a representative or all of you come.  There is great professional development, networking, seeing other people and school committee members.  I am honored by the support from this committee for my nomination as president elect.  I was thrilled to receive the votes for the assembly and in January 2022 Berkshire County will have a state president that represents us instead of the eastern side of the state.  That is a great thing.  We represent everyone but the voice will be coming from the west.  It is really exciting.  Thank you for having me.
  • Good News Item(s):
  • Set Public Hearing Date – FY22 Proposed Budget – S. Harrison – the potential date would be the 25th of February. MOTION TO SET THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE FY22 BUDGET FOR FEBRUARY 25, 2021    DOHONEY          SECONDED:  J. ST. PETER           ACCEPTED:  UNANIMOUS
  • Request for Approvals:
    • New Job Description: District Wellness Coordinator – P. Dillon – if you have been following the news, we applied and received quite a bit of money from the Town of Great Barrington connected to the revenue from the marijuana sales that in some way should address needs of youth in the community.  We received a grant to be able to have a district wellness coordinator.  What is in front of you is a job description.  Even though the position is grant funded and that is where the resources are coming from, I do need your approval with the position.  The language is quite similar to other job descriptions.  The qualifications are potentially a little open-ended; bachelor’s degree in public health, nutrition, dietetics, social work, health education and/or similar field, related professional experience and a Master’s Degree is preferred.  There are a whole bunch of bullet items largely around communicating, building cooperative support, strong relationships, organizational skills and project management.  We see it as a fiscal year position per the independent agreement and the person will report to me or my designee.  On the back page are a bunch of performance responsibilities but we see in simplest terms this person is the glue to connect health and wellness and social/emotional learning, to partner with wonderful people who are doing really good work and to bring all that work together.  I think it is a really important role.  I am very excited about it.  There are a number of community members and school people who work really hard to share this wellness plan, maybe a year and a half ago, to write the grant and get the support to do this so I think it is one of the most exciting things we have done.  Coming off these COVID times, really investing in health and wellness and social/emotional learning I think is going to make a huge difference in the students’ lives.  I would like your support on this one.  St. Peter – is it a year to year grant?  P. Dillon – it isn’t totally firmed up.  We received the announcement of the grant and the funds should be available soon.  The next step would be to advertise it and then do a series of interviews and select somebody.  I think the obligation is to spend the funds of this first year by September and I think it is likely that the Town of Great Barrington will open another round of this in maybe late July or August so we can apply for future funding before this funding expires.  There are specific things we have to do to show the Town of Great Barrington that this is impactful and we did what we said we were going to do.  If we do our work well and demonstrate it, my hope would be that we submit another application and they continue to fund the work.  B. Fields – what would be the salary range?  P. Dillon – it is a little early and I am a little reluctant to share it now because I would like to have some more conversations about it.  The grant award was $80,000 so it would be something less than that but depending on somebody’s background and experience maybe in the 50-80 range.  B. Fields – Springfield College offers majors in health education and a lot of other schools are doing it now too.  I don’t think there will be a lack of candidates applying.  P. Dillon – I don’t want to discourage somebody who majored in philosophy or something else if they have a demonstrated commitment and work experience.  There are lots of different ways one could approach this.  B. Fields – I remember the meeting where the health time came in and this was one of the first recommendations.  The tremendous work they did in that recommendation about a year and a half ago certainly does move the needle in our direction of where we need to go based on what we heard that night.  P. Dillon – since that night the complexities around student and staff mental health…this pandemic is terrible and really complicated.  Investing in this role right now is one of the most wonderful and happy things we are doing.  This is the potential to really change people’s lives.  MOTION TO APPROVE THE JOB DESCRIPTION FOR DISTRICT WELLNESS COORDINATOR          B. FIELDS             SECONDED:  R. DOHONEY          ACCEPTED:  UNANIMOUS
    • Memorandum of Understanding: Cooperative Contract for Support Staff re: Food Service – P. Dillon – at our last meeting you approved a short memorandum of understanding for paraprofessionals very early on the salary scale to meet the minimum wage requirement.  We dug into this a little deeper and we found there is a parallel challenge within the cooperative groups, specifically related to food service helpers, so our least experienced, least senior, food service workers.  The language in this is exactly the same to correct that problem connected to the minimum wage connected to the calendar year.  The only change is it is a different bargaining group and it is referencing food service workers instead of paraprofessionals.  I understand that the total number of people involved is two.  MOTION TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR THE COOPERATIVE CONTRACT FOR SUPPORT STAFF RE: FOOD SERVICE           DOHONEY       SECONDED:  J. ST. PETER            ACCEPTED:  UNANIMOUS
    • Anonymous Donation for W.E.B. DuBois Signage, etc. – P. Dillon – In renaming the middle school we had some costs associated with changing the signage in front of the building, a little bit with stationary and other things and maybe some additional signage inside. The rest we were able to do just internally.  An anonymous donor has offered to cover all those costs which I think will be around the $2,000 range, maybe $2,500.  I would like you to vote to accept the donation.  MOTION TO ACCEPT THE ANONYMOUS DONATION RELATED TO THE NAME CHANGE OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL        FIELDS               SECONDED:  M. THOMAS           ACCEPTED:  UNANIMOUS
    • 2020-20221 Progress Report Revision – Muddy Brook – T. Lee – I wanted to provide the school committee and any Muddy Brook parents that might be tuned in a little background about what is going on with our progress reports. For a number of years, Muddy Brook has reported on student progress twice a year, at the mid year and at the end of the year.  We have been using a standards-based progress report.  We see an example of that on Peter’s screen.  This is a grade one report card.  As you can see it is pretty dense.  We are just looking at the first page.  We have standards expressed for English Language Arts, Math, Science, Technology, etc.  What we are looking at right now is a typical year progress report that has been used at the elementary school for a number of years.  Our standards-based report card that we have had in use for quite awhile.  One thing I would like you to note is that there are two columns that we write in progress descriptors next to all of the standards the teachers have selected as key standards for what they are teaching throughout the course of the year.  Both term 1 and term 2 standards are on this single report card and it is quite lengthy with room for comment and it can go about to about six or seven pages.  In October of this year, we started puzzling about how we were going to be able to provide progress information with the same sort of depth and breath with all of the different things that are happening and the different modes of instructions going from remote to hybrid to in person back to remote.  We also at the same time had a lot of conversation about what in a year like this year is really important for kids to know; what are the essential skills that we want them to have when the get to the end of the year; what are the things that we want them to be able to do that are really critical and will mitigate future learning loss going forward.  We revised that lengthy, standards-based report card into the report you are looking at now.  A couple things you will notice that are different right away, this year’s progress report is much shorter, more focused, we have far fewer skills that we are giving input on or rating progress on in each of the academic areas.  We are only doing one term at a time so each term’s progress report is going to be unique.  The first time progress report will have different skills than the second report.  We are just trying to focus on the foundational skills, we call them focus skills; some of them are an extension of the prerequisite skills that DESE shared in a document last June.  We have progress descriptors, teacher comments, assessing social/emotional learning, science, social studies, music, all of the areas will continue to be assessed.  We are just drilling down to what we think is essential.  Why the change?  I wanted to explain this briefly.  As I talked about before, we started the year meeting our students who had some learning loss from the period of remote learning they had at the end of the 2019-2020 school year so right of the bat we knew that there was going to be some makeup that we needed to do and we really couldn’t really have the same depth of instruction in a typical school year.  The changing nature of schooling from remote to hybrid to in-person back to remote, really made it difficult for teachers to plan the continuous and sequential type of instruction that is assumed in the typical standards-based report cards and also we got some feedback from parents in previous years that there might be too much information in that report card.  They just want to know how is my kid doing?  This is just so much information in that other report that parents were saying I don’t really have an overall picture of how my child is doing this year.  We thought that in this year more than any other year, we really wanted to give parents a clear understanding of where their kids are at in relation to those foundational skills.  This is focusing on our progress report for this year.  I thought it was important for the school committee to know about it and also any Muddy Brook parents.  There will be a cover letter that is with the revised progress report that is going out next week.  It will explain the changes that we made, why we made those changes and the assumption would be that when we are able to shift back into a more predictable, sequential, regular way of doing school, with the coming year, we would also shift back to use of our standards-based report cards.  Dohoney – will you be going back to the other one or is this a permanent change?  T. Lee – The assumption is the change we made is just for this year.  We are doing a special fall 2021 progress report just with the foundational skills we are focusing on in each grade level during this period of remote/hybrid/in-person learning and then for the spring, there will be another unique but more focused progress report with just those foundational skills for that period of time.  The assumption would be that we will revert back to our use of the more detailed, standards-based report card for the next school year.  R. Dohoney – I’m one of those people that thought that the standard-based one was a little overkill.  Maybe as we get through this, we can analyze how it goes this year.  If there are going to be any permanent changes to simplify the report card, I think it would have support too.  T. Lee – if people express they are getting good information from this, we go into the next year wanting to continue to be really focused in the way we express student progress, we will continue it or modify it to reflect what we are doing in the next year.  B. Fields – I like this report.  It is positive.  It does not use the words “does not meet standards”.  It says “not yet”.  I think that is a lot more positive.  I like what Rich said too.  Maybe next year elements of the previous one and this one can be combined but I like the positive outlook that this one presents.  T. Lee – thanks, Bill.  We chose that to reflect the terminology not because of a positive or a negative reason.  All the skills we are choosing to assess this year, we think are really essential.  We hope to indicate that students are developing eventually on all of these skills so they can move forward.
    • Proposed 2021-2022 School Calendar – P. Dillon – There are a couple of things I want to highlight. It is fun to look ahead a little bit.  One is the start date for next school year which would be with staff on Wednesday, August 25th and then students would start the Tuesday after Labor Day.  We go through the year and you see how the winter break falls, as well as the February and April break.  A proposed last day of school on Tuesday, June 14th which is a little early or going as late as the 22nd if we need additional days for snow days if we are ever doing snow days again.  There are for the moment professional development days in the calendar and there are a couple of half days.  Normally we have many more half days.  In a year, I would like to start some conversations about how we might use that time differently and I will be coming back to you with that.  That’s why there aren’t very many half days within the calendar.  That would be conversations and/or negotiations.  Otherwise I think the calendar is fairly straight forward.  There is one other thing you will notice, and next year this falls on a Sunday, June Nineteenth is a new state holiday in Massachusetts.  If we finish on the 14th it doesn’t impact students or many staff but it would impact other staff so it is listed as a holiday on the 20th.  Bannon – I thought I heard you say the first day of school was the first Tuesday after Labor Day and on mine it says the first day is August 30th.  P. Dillon – I’m sorry, I misspoke.  I skipped a line.  The Tuesday after Labor Day is the second week of school.  The first day of school for students is Monday, August 30th.  They have a five day week that week and then the next week is Labor Day and a four day week.  B. Fields – is there going to be a freshman transition at the high school on that first day?  P. Dillon – we will do something.  With everything else going on, it is not on the top of my list of priorities but I will discuss it with Kristi and the high school staff and figure something out.  There is a tension there about how we count days but we all know it is extraordinarily valuable to get the 9th graders into the school before everybody else is there.  We will talk about it and come back with a plan.  MOTION TO ACCEPT THE 2021-2022 PROPOSED SCHOOL CALENDAR – A. HUTCHINSON           SECONDED:  B. FIELDS            ACCEPTED:  UNANIMOUS
  • Update(s):
    • 2020-2021 Basketball Season – P. Dillon – Karl put together some slides that he shared with parents. Our hope is if and when we open school we are able to have a short basketball season.  There are some details here around it and all sorts of things around guidelines.  Rather than going through the slides now, Karl is on the line and can answer questions as are Kristi and myself.  Randy Koldys, our double basketball coach, the first person to do that in 28 years is also on so he could answer questions too.  St. Peter – when is the season supposed to end? March 5th?  K. Zigmund – yes, that is correct.  J. St. Peter – obviously the spring lost everything in the spring so we don’t want to encroach on them but could we connect with the five teams in the county to extend that another week or so to the next week in March?  K. Zigmond – fall 2 will start up after that and then the spring season is going to run late almost into July so we didn’t want to go past that date but we might extend by a week and maybe have an overlap for fall 2 and spring where you could still finish out fall 2 and play a spring sport.  That is still in the works right now.  B. Fields – do we have any other schools join us since the last time?  K. Zigmund – no, there are the same schools, Wahconah, Greylock, Hoosac, Mt. Everett and us.  I don’t think there is going to be.  That’s going to be it.  Student:  If this isn’t starting until we go back in person in some capacity, at what point do we call it and say it isn’t worth it to have a season.  Is there a cutoff for that or would I do a three week season if that happens.  K. Zigmund – My conversations with the coaches and the other ADs, we feel if we are not in hybrid learning on Monday, we might call it at that point.  We are just running out of time and we have been extending for awhile now.  I think this would be the last cancellation or postponement.  R. Dohoney – I just want to commend Karl for all the work he has put in trying to put something together and Coach Koldys for stepping up; he has been an inspiration for the girls.
    • MCAS and Potential Letter – P. Dillon – To add insult to injury, in a year like this, to focus on testing is obviously highly problematic. The commissioner and the board of elementary and secondary education made some shifts.  They are still recommending some testing but they are framing it as being diagnostic only.  They have taken away all the accountability for schools and districts.  In some ways that is thoughtful and a step in a good direction.  In other ways, it’s bizarre to do testing at all in the second wave of a pandemic.  I spent some time with Corey and we put together a letter.  I think Corey, it makes the most sense if you read it.  After she reads it, I think she is going to ask for the support of the school committee.  The letter is intended to go to state officials and federal officials.  With the shift of administration in Washington, the professional consensus of the new administration is potentially more flexible than the previous administration.  This isn’t just writing a letter to feel good about writing a letter.  This is writing a letter that may impact decisions.
      • Sprague – To: Commissioner Riley and the Massachusetts Department of Education, Michol Stapel, Associate Commissioner for Student Assessment, United States Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Angel Cardona

From:  The Berkshire Hills Regional School District School Committee

We call on the Massachusetts Department of Education to waive MCAS testing requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year. Forcing public schools to administer standardized exams to students after COVID-19 disruptions would produce invalid and unfair results while diverting resources from real educational needs. While the state has announced modifications to shorten the testing time and to provide accountability relief, we do not feel those are sufficient accommodations. We are asking the state of Massachusetts to cancel all standardized testing or to at least make the tests optional, so individual districts can decide if these tests are the best way to assess learning loss for the 2020-21 school year.

In light of the undue pressures that COVID-19 has placed on staff and families this year, we feel that the time, energy, and financial resources that typically go into administering MCAS could be better used on supporting students and developing more useful methods to assess and support growth. Simply reducing testing stakes is not enough. The use of standardized tests in public education has long raised concerns and with the addition of disruptions caused by COVID-19, these concerns only become more apparent.

  • The results won’t be valid, reliable, or useful. Teaching, learning, and testing conditions vary widely and continue to be in a state of flux.
  • The tests will be logistically hard to administer if we are still remote. There are several challenges around ensuring the tests can be done safely, fairly, and accurately.
  • The tests will add undue amounts of stress placed on teachers and students in a year when they have already had to navigate historical difficulties and barriers to learning.
  • There are better ways to know how students from different backgrounds and learning needs fared during the pandemic. In addition to classroom-based assessments, sampling exams can provide data on trends in learning without distorting the curriculum or subjecting all students to standardized tests this year. Instead of more testing, we should be focusing on solutions that address poverty, racial inequities, and school funding disparities.
  • Most parents oppose testing this spring. According to the Understanding America Study done by the University of Southern California, support for canceling the tests rose from 43 percent in mid-April to 64 percent in mid-October.

 

In a time of scarcity, funding must be used to support and not further stress the system. Let’s seize this opportunity to provide better options for our students. Our children, their families, and their teachers deserve it.

MOTION TO SUBMIT THE ABOVE LETTER     C. SPRAGUE             SECONDED:  B. FIELDS              ACCEPTED: UNANIMOUS      B. Fields – this year, the line item that the government submitted for student school assessment was $32,235,270 and that was up a little from $31,962,000.  I don’t know what they spent the money on last year because MCAS wasn’t given.  There is a lot of money and as Corey’s letter said $32,235,000 is a lot of money to be spending on something we know already has happened.  I read the minutes of the last DESE meeting and they seem to be hellbent on testing and their modifications do not include modifications in the high school.  I don’t know how we are going to test in high school and what to look for anyway.  They also added two more subjects to MCAS, history and some sort of social science.  I like Corey’s letter and urge the committee to all vote for it.  R. Dohoney – It is a great letter.  I totally agree with it.  This is not the best use of our time during a crisis.  I am not a standardized testing abolitionist like Bill but I think this particular venture is our best move.

  • COVID-19 – P. Dillon – this is the giant elephant in the room. I have some positive news to share since our last meeting and a lagging uncertainty which is maddening for me and parents, students and everybody else.  Let me start with the positive news.  We talked at our last meeting about the opportunity to participate in field testing and whether that made sense or not.  I got very clear feedback that we didn’t have the capacity to manage that on top of everything else, particularly the nurses.  I participated in a couple of webinars with the state and got some additional feedback and met with the superintendents’ roundtable from Berkshire County.  There is fairly strong interest in putting together some sort of consortium to go ahead and do pool testing and hire an outside person or agency to manage it for us so we don’t put that on top of our existing nurses already overwhelming responsibilities and it may end up happening sub-regionally.  If there are not enough districts in it, what may happen could be just across the county.  I applied to the state and got accepted which isn’t particularly a big deal but I am working out the details of that and it looks like hopefully after the break we will be able to start doing pool testing.  Essentially what that is is a way to do tests quickly.  You do them in a group and if you end up with a positive test in that pool, then you go back to the whole pool and you test them again.  It is seen as the state of the art way to manage this virus.  This is what many colleges and universities were doing in the fall.  It was prohibitively expensive so the state is covering the testing costs in the beginning and it looks like we will have some resources from the federal government to do it ourselves.  It should give us a higher level of confidence and another tool in our tool box on top of the rapid test.  It is a swab and I believe it is just a shallow nostril swab.  Not the brain swab.  It is much more tolerable.  The thinking is we would contract with somebody from outside to manage this.  Probably what that means is one person spends a day in our district and they go school to school and get everybody.  Stephen – when would this be available?  P. Dillon – I am hoping that everything will be in place to start it when we get back from February break.  There are a lot of moving pieces.  We were paired with a vendor this afternoon and I have to reach out and make sense of who the visiting nurse or EMT will be.  The aspirational goal is the week we are back from February vacation.  There is also a complicated permission slip and I am trying to figure out how to do that electronically like a DocuSign. C. Sprague – do you still have to roll out the permission slip for the other testing as well? P. Dillon – what I thought I would do is one permission slip for both.  I delayed the other one because I thought this would likely come and I wanted to do it once.   More than anything I was hoping that the numbers would be perfect and I would tell you that we are going ahead.  The state released the numbers right before the meeting and I reviewed them quickly.  The numbers aren’t perfect.  I am delaying my decision until I can speak to somebody in the state tomorrow.  What’s challenging is a couple of meetings ago I did an hour long monologue about every data set in the world.  Our datasets are contradictory.  The COVID-19 Act Now site shows great trends and the infection rate is as low as it was in the summer.  There is a lot of really good information there.  That is promising.  The local cases within the school community are also for the moment very low.  There is a case in each building and a couple of ones that we are waiting for results on.  It is much better than last week when I think there were 12 cases across the district.  The bummer is the Great Barrington numbers which I thought were going down dramatically and which last week were inflated by assisted living facilities where the numbers were high, did not go down dramatically and contradictory information I got locally.  I just want to check that those numbers are accurate.  If they are accurate, I will likely announce that we stay in a remote posture for awhile; if the numbers are inaccurate, then I think we will proceed with going back to school.  More than anything, I, parents, teachers, students want to come back to school.  It’s time to come back to school but if the numbers don’t support that then we may have to delay that.  We have wonderful plans and this is really hard on parents, teachers and students, to bring the whole elementary school back.  We had a wonderful plan to bring 5th and 6th grades back four days a week and the 7th and 8th grade back two days a week and to get the hybrid going again at the high school.  I will get to the bottom of this and a message out by noon tomorrow about it.  I know the timing of that is terrible and it is hard on parents, students and staff but the stakes here are really high in every direction.  They are high from an academic perspective, an emotional/mental health perspective and from a health perspective and just seeing the information ten minutes before the meeting, I need to talk to someone at the state to make sure it is accurate.  C. Sprague – I caution to throw this out there because I don’t know who has the capacity to do this right now, but I would ask if there is anyone that we can be looking at alternative things to be doing in the absence of having kids back in school and whether those be safer distanced activities in small groups happening outside, if there is an online creative way to be gathering students online and just really thinking about other ways to be getting the students together in the absence in relying on the date looking good enough to get them back into class.  I am definitely concerned on the social/emotional side of things and am just making sure we are doing all that we can do to be as creative as possible to support students that way.  P. Dillon – we will devote some time to that.  B. Groeber – I am a 4th grade teacher at Muddy Brook and I just wanted to give you a little perspective on what I am seeing as a teacher.  Students are starting to get very down about not being back at school, especially at the elementary school.  They hear a date and they get excited to be back then things get changed again.  Parents are emailing me to tell me their students are going to take an hour off today because screen time is too much for them and they are getting down.  I had a student cry the other day saying Mrs. Groeber “I am so frustrated.  I don’t learn this way and I can’t learn over the computer.  This is really hard.”   I assured him that it is hard for all of us but I just wanted to give you that perspective of what I am seeing.  My students are coming to class and they are working their butts off but they are tired and getting down.  S. Bannon – thank you Bonnie.  P. Dillon – I will reach out to the state early tomorrow morning and I will confirm the numbers.  This is terrible.  I am getting my hopes up every day. Everyone wants to be back to school and we want to do that in a way that is safe.  I need a bit more information and I will reach back out.
  • Sub Committee Reports:
    • Policy Sub Committee – N/A
    • Building and Grounds Sub Committee – N/A
    • Superintendent’s Evaluation Sub Committee – N/A
    • Technology Sub Committee – N/A
    • Finance Sub Committee – N/A
    • District Consolidation & Sharing Sub-Committee – N/A
  • Personnel Report:
    • Retirement(s) – P. Dillon – one of these we have known for about a year. Tim Lee told us that this would be his last year and he would retire effective June 30th.  We will make some time to celebrate this hopefully on more than just a Zoom call.  Tim has been with us for now three years.  He has done an exceptional job as principal at Muddy Brook with a really steady, thoughtful hand and I am really sad about this.  We will start a search and find a really great principal but Tim has been a great leader and a colleague.  I know many others will join me in appreciating all Tim has done for us.  Thank you Tim.  When it is a little warmer, we will celebrate outside.  The other one is also from Muddy Brook.  Anne Flynn has been with the district for I think 30 plus years which is an incredible amount of time.  She has had a deep impact on students and her colleagues.  She too has announced that she is retiring at the end of this school year.  I want to recognize everything she has done and we will celebrate her when it is a little warmer.
    • Extra-Curricular Appointment(s)
  • Business Operation
  • Education News
  • Old Business
  • New Business
    • Public Comment
    • Written Communication

MOTION TO ADJOURN – R. DOHONEY               SECONDED:  M. THOMAS                        ACCEPTED:  UNANIMOUS

Meeting Adjourned at 7:15pm

Submitted by:  Christine M. Kelly, Recorder

______________________________ Christine M. Kelly, Recorder

______________________________ School Committee Secretary