WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

HOLDEN PAXTON PRINCETON RUTLAND STERLING

Minutes

Wachusett Regional School District Committee

Regular Meeting #1020, Monday, January 8, 2001

7:00 p.m.

Media Center

Wachusett Regional High School

 

Committee Members present:

Duncan Leith, Chairman Sarah Jordan (7:07 PM)

John Rokicki, Vice-Chairman David Lowenthal (7:12 PM)

Paul Anderson Lorraine Neilan

Mary Copeland (7:45 PM) John Nunnari

Kenneth Fensin Elizabeth Pape

Jeffrey Gibbs (7:22 PM) Kathleen Singh (7:12 PM)

Kimberly Ferguson Rosemary Warren

Sherry Horeanopoulos (7:07 PM) Jeffrey Wentzell

Jane James

Committee Members absent:

Paul James Kelly Maxwell

Administration present:

Alfred D. Tutela, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools

Paul Soojian, Director of Operations

Mary Scott, Director of Administrative Services

Philip Campbell, Director of Student/Information Services

Susan Sullivan, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Others present:

Louis Cornacchioli, Chairman Rutland Selectboard

Richard Halloran, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Linda Lehans, The Landmark

Joseph Lambert, Community Crier

Robert Sauer, Princeton

Anthony Gribbons, Holden

Otto Lies, Holden

John Riley, Holden

Catherine Riley, Holden

Brooks Webster, Holden

Susan Duval, Sterling

Ralph Rondinone, Sterling

Jean Theurkauf, Sterling

Sue Schneeweis, Sterling

Mark Ferguson, Chairman Holden Selectboard

Chairman Duncan Leith called the meeting to order at 7:06 PM.

    1. Treasurer’s Report
    1. Financial Statements
    2. Chairman Leith reported that if there were any questions for the Treasurer to refer them to Paul Anderson, Chairman of the Business/Finance Subcommittee and any questions for the Comptroller should be referred to the Superintendent.

    3. Public Hearing
    4. Louis Cornacchioli, Chairman of the Rutland Selectboard, indicated that he has been offended by references to Rutland receiving a "free lunch" at the expense of other towns. He wanted to remind the School Committee that Rutland has historically been very supportive of education in Rutland and in the District, including Rutland’s vote to pay their portion of excess debt for FY01. He asked that the School Committee not consider trying to ask the five towns to revert to the Regional Agreement method of assessment.

      John Riley, Holden, read a prepared statement (attachment 1) regarding the change from van transportation to bus transportation on their road. This issue has been referred to the Business/Finance Subcommittee.

      Bob Sauer, Princeton, also spoke on the wealth based formula being used. He has been in contact with Senator Antonioni, who is the Chairman of the Committee on Foundation Formula. He indicated that a Subcommittee will be formed to deal with District issues. He will continue to work with the Senator and urged the Committee to sit tight and wait to see how this progresses.

      Brooks Webster, Holden, spoke from a prepared statement regarding the distribution of materials from the Boy Scouts of America (attachment 2).

      Susan Duval, Sterling, asked the School Committee to reconsider the policy on video-taping of meetings. She likes to keep informed by watching the video tape of meetings.

    5. Communications
    1. Committee Reports

(J. Rokicki)

(J. Wentzell)

        1. Education Subcommittee (M. Copeland-Chairman, K. Ferguson, J. Gibbs, J. James, S. Jordan, D. Lowenthal, L. Neilan, J. Nunnari, E. Pape, R. Warren)
        1. Motion: To adopt Draft Policy 3311.31 Policy Relating to Education Online Education Policy for the first reading, waiving the reading.

Vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Kenneth Fensin

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Elizabeth Pape

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

(Motion passed unanimously.)

        1. Finance/Business Subcommittee (P. Anderson-Chairman, K. Fensin, J. Gibbs, J. James, P. James, D. Leith, D. Lowenthal, K. Singh, R. Warren)
        1. Motion: To adopt Policy AP4280 Policy Relating to Budget/Finance Gifts, Grants and Bequests for the first reading, waiving the reading.
        2. (P. Anderson)

          (J. Gibbs)

          Vote:

          In favor:

          Duncan Leith

          John Rokicki

          Paul Anderson

          Mary Copeland

          Kenneth Fensin

          Kimberly Ferguson

          Jeffrey Gibbs

          Sherry Horeanopoulos

          Jane James

          Sarah Jordan

          David Lowenthal

          Lorraine Neilan

          John Nunnari

          Elizabeth Pape

          Kathleen Singh

          Rosemary Warren

          Jeffrey Wentzell

          Opposed:

          None

          (Motion passed unanimously.)

        3. Motion: To delete Policy P4120 Policy Relating to Budget/Finance Budget Planning and Adoption for the first reading.
        4. (P. Anderson)

          (J. Gibbs)

          Vote:

          In favor:

          Duncan Leith

          John Rokicki

          Paul Anderson

          Mary Copeland

          Kenneth Fensin

          Kimberly Ferguson

          Jeffrey Gibbs

          Sherry Horeanopoulos

          Jane James

          Sarah Jordan

          David Lowenthal

          Lorraine Neilan

          John Nunnari

          Elizabeth Pape

          Kathleen Singh

          Rosemary Warren

          Jeffrey Wentzell

          Opposed:

          None

          (Motion passed unanimously.)

        5. Treasurer’s Evaluation

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Kenneth Fensin

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Elizabeth Pape

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

        1. Ad Hoc Subcommittee to Review the Regional Agreement (J. Rokicki-Chairman, S. Horeanopoulos, D. Leith, K. Singh, J. Wentzell)
        2. Ad-Hoc Subcommittee Chairman John Rokicki reported that the Subcommittee would be meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2001 and Thursday February 8, 2001 at 7:00 PM in the Media Center at the High School. He asked that area Selectboard and Finance Committee Chairs be notified of the two meetings.

        3. School Building Committees
        1. Sterling – (S. Jordan)
        2. Member Sarah Jordan had nothing to report. The Superintendent asked if the Building Committee was accepting the athletic fields as he had heard that they were not being accepted. She was planning to check on this.

        3. High School Building Committee
            1. Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Public Information
        1. School Council Representatives: Central Tree Middle School (J. Nunnari); Chocksett; Davis Hill (M. Copeland); Dawson (K. Maxwell); Houghton (S. Jordan); Mayo (L. Neilan); Mountview (J. James); Naquag (J. Gibbs); Paxton (R. Warren); Thomas Prince (S. Horeanopoulos); Wachusett Regional High School (E. Pape)
    1. Recommendations and Reports of the Superintendent
        1. Motion: To authorize the Superintendent to dispose of surplus District supplies and fixtures located in any District buildings in accordance with the following procedures:
        1. Any such property having a value of less than $1,000 may be disposed of by the Superintendent in accordance with the following procedures: either by advertisement in the newspaper or by yard sale.
        2. Any such property having a value of $1000 or more shall be disposed of by competitive bidding in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 5 of General Laws Chapter 30B.
        3. Notwithstanding the provisions of clauses (1) and (2) above, property may be disposed of by the Superintendent by gift or by a transfer for less than fair market value to a charity which has received a federal tax exemption by reason of its charitable nature.

Vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Kenneth Fensin

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Elizabeth Pape

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Abstained:

Mary Copeland

(Motion passed 16-0-1)

        1. Motion: To authorize the Superintendent to enter into a contract with Atlantic Express/Robert L. McCarthy & Sons for transportation services to Wachusett Regional School District for five years consistent with the bid submitted

Vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Kenneth Fensin

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Elizabeth Pape

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

(Motion passed unanimously.)

(S. Horeanopoulos)

(M. Copeland)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Kenneth Fensin

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Elizabeth Pape

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

Sarah Jordan

(Motion passed 15-2)

    1. Unfinished Business
        1. Release of Executive Session minutes of the WRSD Committee held on August 23, 1999 as approved on October 18, 1999
        2. Release of Executive Session minutes of the WRSD Committee held on June 12, 2000
        3. Release of Executive Session minutes of the WRSD Committee held on August 21, 2000
        4. Tabled Motion: Be it resolved that the Wachusett Regional School District Committee supports a modification to the Department of Education’s Foundation Formula to include a new ‘regional equity aid’ provision. This new aid will be in the form of an adjustment to Chapter 70 aid. The WRSDC advocates that the Department of Education calculate a ‘regional per pupil net school spending requirement’, i.e. a per pupil spending requirement that is the average of the different per pupil spending requirements, including the state’s contribution, of the member towns. Those member towns that exceed the average per pupil cost will have their respective minimum local contribution reduced to the average regional per pupil cost and those member towns that are below the average regional per pupil expenditure will be brought up to the average by the ‘regional equity aid’ provision through an increase in Chapter 70 aid. This will eliminate unequal local contributions, on a per student basis, for the same educational services. The Chair of the WRSDC is directed to share this resolve with appropriate State Legislators, Selectboards and Finance/Advisory Committee members

Motion: To table the motion.

(S. Jordan)

(D. Lowenthal)

Vote:

In favor:

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

John Nunnari

Elizabeth Pape

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

Kenneth Fensin

Kimberly Ferguson

Duncan Leith

Lorraine Neilan

John Rokicki

(Motion passed 12-5)

    1. Public Hearing
    2. Mark Ferguson, Chairman Holden Selectboard, asked the School Committee to pay for the Special Town Meeting on December 20, 2000. He passed out a packet of information relative to this issue (attachment 8).

    3. New Business

Chairman Leith announced a five minute recess at 9:51 PM in order for the room to clear in preparation for executive session.

Member Kenneth Fensin left the meeting at 9:51 PM.

The Committee re-entered public session at 10:35 PM

(J. Rokicki)

(M. Copeland)

Motion: To move the question.

(J. Wentzell)

(M. Copeland)

Vote:

In favor:

Vote on the main motion:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Kenneth Fensin

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Elizabeth Pape

Kathleen Singh

(Motion passed 12-4.)

(J. Rokicki)

(S. Horeanopoulos)

Vote:

In favor:

Opposed:

Jeffrey Gibbs

John Nunnari

Abstained:

Kathleen Singh

(Motion passed 12-3-1)

IX. Adjournment

Motion: To adjourn.

(R. Warren)

(M. Copeland)

Vote:

In favor:

(Motion passed unanimously)

The meeting adjourned at 11:19 PM

 

Respectfully submitted,

Alfred D. Tutela, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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