WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

HOLDEN PAXTON PRINCETON RUTLAND STERLING

Minutes

Wachusett Regional School District Committee

Public Hearing – Budget

6:30 PM.

Regular Meeting #1022, Monday, March 12, 2001

7:00 PM.

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Wachusett Regional High School

 

Members present:

Duncan Leith, Chairman David Lowenthal

John Rokicki, Vice-chairman (7:00 PM) Peter MacDonald (6:55 PM)

Paul Anderson Kelly Maxwell

Mary Copeland (8:20 PM) Lorraine Neilan

Kimberly Ferguson John Nunnari (6:50 PM)

Jeffrey Gibbs (8:17 PM) Kathleen Singh

Sherry Horeanopoulos Rosemary Warren

Jane James Jeffrey Wentzell

Sarah Jordan (7:04 PM)

Members absent:

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:

Tim Creedon, Student Representative WRHS

Thomas Pandiscio, Principal WRHS

James Connolly, Vice-principal WRHS

Gary Mitchell, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel

Richard Lewis, Physical Education/Health Curriculum Supervisor

Clif Wheeler, Math/Science Curriculum Supervisor

George Sherrill, Holden Police Chief

David Armstrong, Sergeant Holden Police Force

Linda Lehans, The Landmark

James Keogh, The Landmark

Richard Halloran, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Mary Anne Magiera, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Joseph Lambert, Community Crier

Brian Bullock, Holden Town Manager

Jacquelyn Kelly, Assistant Town Manager Holden

Mark Ferguson, Chairman Holden Board of Selectmen

James Jumonville, Holden Board of Selectmen

James Scola, Holden Board of Selectmen

Timothy Ethier, Holden Board of Selectmen

Louis Cornacchioli, Chairman Rutland Board of Selectmen

Douglas Briggs, Rutland Board of Selectmen

Remo Rossi, Sterling Board of Selectmen

Joseph Giotta, Holden Finance Committee

Paul Challenger, Holden Finance Committee

Marilynn Foley, Holden Finance Committee

Terry Sullivan, Holden Finance Committee

Michael Wronski, Holden Finance Committee

Stanley Moss, Chairman Princeton Advisory Council

Ruth Briggs, Rutland

Melinda Johnson, Paxton

Chris Walton, Rutland

David Gibbs, Sterling

Edith Morgan, Princeton

David Krashes, Princeton

Donna Dominguez, Sterling

Anne Gillespie, Holden

Maureen Floryan, Holden

Brian O’Donnell, Holden

Ginny Belcher, Holden

Carol Esperti, Holden

Chairman Leith opened the Public Hearing on the Budget at 6:45 PM and turned over the presentation to the Superintendent. The Superintendent distributed copies of the Power Point Presentation on the budget (attachment 1). He then presented the Power Point presentation.

Chairman Leith opened the public hearing to comments from the public or from Committee members.

Following questions from several Committee members Chairman Leith closed the public hearing at 7:00 PM.

Chairman Leith called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Chairman Leith noted that item VII. Recommendations and Reports of the Superintendent would be addressed before any other items on the agenda.

    1. Recommendations and Reports of the Superintendent

Member John Rokicki reported that several teams from the District performed at Destination Imagination (formerly Odyssey of the Mind) . There were teams from Naquag Elementary School and Central Tree Middle School in Rutland and Dawson Elementary School, Davis Hill Elementary School, and Mountview Middle School in Holden. Four teams from the District will go on to the state finals: both teams from Mountview and one team each from Dawson and Davis Hill.

(P. Anderson)

(J. James)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

Kimberly Ferguson

Kelly Maxwell

Abstained:

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

(Motion passed 10-2-3)

      1. Motion: To reappropriate SBAB funds in the amount of $222,495 to the Town of Rutland for reimbursement for the renovation/addition at Naquag Elementary School

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Kimberly Ferguson

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

(Motion passed unanimously)

(J. Rokicki)

(J. Nunnari)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Kimberly Ferguson

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

(Motion passed unanimously)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Kimberly Ferguson

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

Abstained:

Sarah Jordan

(Motion 14-0-1)

Because of the number of public in attendance Chairman Leith held the first public session of the meeting.

    1. Public Hearing

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Member David Lowenthal left the meeting at 9:30 PM.

(P. MacDonald)

(J. Rokicki)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

(Motion passed unanimously)

Member David Lowenthal returned to the meeting at 9:33 PM.

(S. Horeanopoulos)

(S. Jordan)

Vote:

In favor:

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

(Motion passed unanimously)

    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. Communications
    4. Member Kelly Maxwell asked if a motion could be made at this time. Chairman Leith indicated that a motion should be made under New Business.

      Member Kathleen Singh requested that New Business be taken at this time. Chairman Leith indicated that there was not much remaining on the regular agenda before New Business and the committee would proceed with the agenda as presented.

      Member Rosemary Warren wanted it noted that she had also notified the Board of Selectmen of the vote of the School Committee to have a ballot election on April 5, 2001.

      Member John Rokicki reported that members received communication from Carol Esperti from Holden regarding changes to the Regional Agreement (attachment 9).

    5. Committee Reports

Vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Jeffrey Gibbs

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

John Rokicki

Kimberly Ferguson

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

(Motion passed 13-4)

(K. Singh)

(S. Jordan)

Motion: To move the question

(J. Wentzell)

(M. Copeland)

Vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Jeffrey Gibbs

Jane James

Kelly Maxwell

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

Kimberly Ferguson

Sherry Horeanopoulos

David Lowenthal

Sarah Jordan

Peter MacDonald

Lorraine Neilan

(Motion failed 11-6 two-thirds required for passage)

Member Sherry Horeanopoulos left the meeting at 9:50 PM.

Motion: To move the question.

(K. Ferguson)

(S. Jordan)

Vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

(Motion passed unanimously)

In favor:

Kimberly Ferguson

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Lorraine Neilan

Kathleen Singh

Opposed:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Jeffrey Gibbs

Jane James

Kelly Maxwell

John Nunnari

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

(Motion failed 6-10)

The Superintendent distributed copies of the March/April Guidance News (attachment 11)

    1. Unfinished Business
    1. Public Hearing
    2. No one from the general public wished to speak at this time.

    3. New Business

After some discussion, the Superintendent suggested that the Committee ask the member towns to hold a place on the Town Meeting Warrants and the final wording would be sent when voted upon. He explained that this has happened in the past and might be a way of not feeling rushed but yet dealing with the critical nature of the inequity.

Motion: To move the question

(J. Wentzell)

(J. James)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Jane James

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Nunnari

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

None

(Motion passed unanimously)

In favor:

Paul Anderson

Kimberly Ferguson

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

Kathleen Singh

Opposed:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Mary Copeland

Jane James

John Nunnari

Jeffrey Wentzell

(Motion failed 8-8)

XI. Adjournment

Motion: To adjourn

(J. Gibbs)

(J. Wentzell)

Vote:

In favor:

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Jeffrey Gibbs

Jane James

John Nunnari

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

Duncan Leith

John Rokicki

Kimberly Ferguson

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

Kathleen Singh

(Motion failed 7-9)

Opposed:

Jeffrey Wentzell

Abstained:

Mary Copeland

Rosemary Warren

(Motion passed 12-2-2)

The meeting was adjourned at 11:23 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Alfred D. Tutela, Ph. D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

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