WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

HOLDEN PAXTON PRINCETON RUTLAND STERLING

Minutes

Wachusett Regional School District Committee

Regular Meeting #1021, Monday, February 12, 2001

7:00 p.m.

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Wachusett Regional High School

 

Committee Members present:

Duncan Leith, Chairman David Lowenthal

John Rokicki, Vice-Chairman Peter MacDonald

Paul Anderson Lorraine Neilan (7:07 PM)

Jeffrey Gibbs John Nunnari

Kimberly Ferguson Kathleen Singh (7:06 PM)

Sherry Horeanopoulos Rosemary Warren

Jane James Jeffrey Wentzell

Sarah Jordan

Committee Members absent:

Mary Copeland Kelly Maxwell

Kenneth Fensin Elizabeth Pape

Paul James

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:

Linda Lehans, The Landmark

Richard Halloran, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Joseph Lambert, Community Crier

Melanie Mangun, Clinton Item News

Douglas Briggs, Rutland Selectboard

Edmond Benoit, Chairman Holden Finance Committee

Joe Giotta, Holden Finance Committee

Ruth Briggs, Rutland

Janis Pancare, Sterling

Sue Schneeweis, Sterling

Debbie Croucher, Sterling

Janet Sidor, Princeton

Ann Walsh, Princeton

Deb Pospiel, Rutland

Greg Pospiel, Rutland

Tom Gogen, Sterling

Dan Olds, Sterling (student at WRHS)

Donna Dominguez, Sterling

Catherine Riley, Holden

Kimberly Dickman, Holden

Brian Tokarz, Holden

Caitlin Smith, Holden

Robert Becker, Holden

Edward McTigue, Paxton

Hal Lane, Holden

Jane McTigue, Holden

Angela M. Colwell Cubour, Holden

Lori St. Germain, Holden

Lisa Sutter, Holden

Joan Siegel, Holden

Karen King, Holden

Kathleen Halloran, Rutland

Chuck Ivaldi, Sterling

James Connolly, Holden

Jim Pedone, Holden

Pamela Robinson, Holden

Marianne Wojcicki, Rutland

Bob Williamson, Princeton

Patrick McNawn, Sterling

Dennis Criner, Sterling

Linda Trulson, Paxton

Bob Rauh, Rutland

Nancy Washkevich, Holden

Sharon Bednarek, Holden

Jeff Larson, Holden

Anthony Gribbons, Holden

Ginny Belcher, Holden

Carla Volturo, Princeton

Linda Sasso, Princeton

Maureen Sullivan, Paxton

Sue Reynolds, Holden

Jack Farley, Holden

Rosann Silver, Holden

Sheila Bachant, Holden

Otto Lies, Holden

Patricia McKeon Johnson, Holden

Melinda Johnson, Paxton

Ian Callahan, Holden

Beth Cunningham, Holden

Ryan Brennan, Rutland (Senior WRHS)

Mary Kate Cunningham, Holden (Sophomore WRHS)

Chris Belcher, Holden (Freshman WRHS)

Clif Wheeler, Rutland

James Hedlund, Holden

Karen Key, Holden

Roberta Lojko

Chairman Duncan Leith called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM.

Motion: To enter executive session for the purposes of discussing strategies related to negotiations to return to public session.

(S. Horeanopoulos)

(J. Rokicki)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

John Nunnari

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

Abstained:

Peter MacDonald

(Motion passed 12-0-1)

The Committee entered executive session at 7:06 PM.

Chairman Leith called the meeting back to order at 7:22 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. Catherine Riley, Holden, restated her concern for the loss of van transportation on Howard Road. She distributed an accident report from the Holden Police Department (attachment 1).

      Patricia Johnson, Holden, also expressed concern for the loss of van transportation on Howard Road. She asked about the "90% reimbursement" as quoted in the paper. The Superintendent reported that for next year alone, to maintain the same transportation, the District will be short $500,000.

      Kimberly Dickman, Holden also expressed concern about the same busing issue.

      Melinda Johnson, Paxton, expressed some concern relating to videotaping School Committee meetings. She never heard of a need when she served on the Committee.

    5. Communications
    6. Chairman Leith received correspondence from Carol Sullivan and asked that it be included in the next Superintendent’s report (attachment 2).

      Member Sarah Jordan reported she had been contacted by Kevin Shaughnessy from Sterling who was offended by the recent mailing. He expressed concern about the cost of the mailing as well as some of the wording.

      Member Ferguson reported that several people had asked her about the cost of the mailings. The Committee will be informed as to the total cost.

      Member Horeanopoulos reported that she had been in contact with a constituent regarding Policy P6562 having to do with insurance for students with parking permits at the high school. She asked that this policy be reviewed at the Budget/Finance Subcommittee.

    7. Committee Reports

Vote:

In favor:

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Lorraine Neilan

Kathleen Singh

Duncan Leith

Jane James

John Nunnari

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

(Motion passed 10-5)

Chairman Leith recessed the meeting at 7:58 PM.

Chairman reconvened the meeting at 9:22 PM.

Member Sarah Jordan left the meeting at 9:22 PM.

Chairman Leith opened up the meeting for questions from Committee members.

Vote:

In favor:

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

(Motion passed unanimously)

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

    1. Recommendations and Reports of the Superintendent
    2. Unfinished Business
    1. Public Hearing
    2. Melinda Johnson, Paxton read a prepared statement (attachment 5).

      Mark Ferguson, Chairman of the Holden Selectboard requested that the high school project go before the Planning Board in Holden. He noted that the Planning Board was there to help the District with the project.

    3. New Business

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Members Nunnari, Warren, and Gibbs left the meeting at 10:45 PM.

Executive session was not convened due to lack of quorum.

XI. Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned by default due to lack of quorum at 10:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Alfred D. Tutela, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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