WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

HOLDEN ¨ PAXTON ¨ PRINCETON ¨ RUTLAND ¨ STERLING

 

Minutes

 

Regular Meeting #1023, Monday, April 9, 2001

7:00 p.m.

 

Media Center

Wachusett Regional High School

 

 

 

Committee Members present:

 

                        Duncan Leith, Chairman                   David Lowenthal (7:08)

                        John Rokicki, Vice-Chairman          Peter MacDonald (7:10 PM)

                        Paul Anderson                                   Kelly Maxwell (7:07 PM)

Mary Copeland (7:40 PM)               Lorraine Neilan

Jeffrey Gibbs (7:15 PM)                 John Nunnari

                        Kimberly Ferguson                           Elizabeth Pape

                        Sherry Horeanopoulos                      Kathleen Singh (7:05 PM)

                        Jane James                                         Rosemary Warren

                        Sarah Jordan                                       Jeffrey Wentzell (7:06 PM)

 

Committee Members absent:

 

                        Kenneth Fensin                                  Paul James

                                                                                   

Administration present:

 

                        Paul Soojian, Director of Operations

                        Philip Campbell, Director of Student/Information Services

                        Susan Sullivan, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

                                Rebecca Petersen, Administrative Assistant

 

Others present:

 

            Linda Lehans, The Landmark

            Richard Halloran, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

            Susan Staudaher, Sterling Meetinghouse News

            Joseph Lambert, Community Crier

            Joseph Sullivan, Holden Selectman

            Joe Giotta, Holden Finance Committee

            David Gibbs, Sterling

            Maureen Floryan, Holden

            Melinda Johnson, Paxton

            Dennis Conrad, Sterling

            Hal Lane, Holden

            Ralph Rondinone, Sterling

            Rosann Silver, Holden

            Sue Reynolds, Holden

            John Schneiweiss, Sterling

            Jean Theurkauf, Sterling

            Susan Duval, Sterling

            Caitlin Smith, Holden

            Ed Twarog, Princeton

            David White, Holden

            Sharon Bednarek, Holden

            Al Ferron, Holden

            Debbie Perry, Holden

            Debbie Scheibel, Holden

            Edith Morgan, Princeton

            Rhys Townsend, Princeton

            Sandra Lowenthal, Princeton

            Julie Scott, Holden

            Dick Swanson, Holden

            Frank Malone, Rutland

            Kelly, Kristen

            Bob Rauh, Rutland

            Elizabeth A. Boehm, Jefferson

            Donna Halloran, Sterling

            Janis Pancare, Sterling

            Sheila Bachant, Holden

            Martha O’Connor, Jefferson

            Maura Murphy, Holden

            Dennis Grimer, Sterling

            Erin McCracken, Paxton

            Staci Villa, Princeton

            Leo Bachant, Holden

            Jonathan Toomey, Rutland

            Chris Gordon, Rutland

            Ian Callahan, Holden

            Mark Hazelton, Princeton

            Bill Trutor, Holden

            Paul M. Sushchyk, Sterling

            Stephen Moro, Sterling

            Dana Bain, Sterling

            Susan Duval, Sterling

            Kathy Roemer, Sterling

            Ira Fiensted, Rutland

Craig Bovaird, Princeton

            Steve Lilburn, Princeton

            Nancy Washkevich, Holden

            Frank Malone, Rutland

            Diana Bernstein, Holden

            Richard Gibbons, Sterling

            Jeff Richinick, Holden

            S. Schneiweis, Sterling

            J. Schneiweis, Sterling

            Kevin Boehm, Jefferson

            Nicky Leger, Rutland

            Caroline Steele, Princeton

            Nancy Howe, Princeton

            John Fitzgerald, Princeton

            George Sparks, Princeton

            Ann Walsh, Princeton

            Bobbye Samdahl, Princeton

            Dave Clark, Sterling

            Stephen, Brodeur, Holden

            Carla Volturo, Princeton

            Janet Sider, Princeton

            David Nichols, Princeton

            Paul Cote, Sterling

            Steve Kessler, Princeton

                       

I.          Secretary’s Report

 

A.     Approval of the Executive Session minutes of the WRSD Committee held on February 15, 2001, approved by consensus not to be released to the public 

 

B.     Approval of the 1022nd Regular Meeting Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on March 12, 2001, 2001, approved by consensus

 

C.     Approval of the Executive Session minutes of the WRSD Committee held on March 12, 2001, approved by consensus not to be released to the public

 

D.    Approval of the 219th Special Meeting of the WRSD Committee held on March 22, 2001, approved by consensus after adding the word “Committee” after WRSD in the Motion on page 3.

 

E.     Approval of the Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on March 22, 2001, approved by consensus not to be released to the public

 

II.                 Treasurer’s Report

 

A.     Presentation of warrants and payrolls – warrants were circulated for signature.

 

III.               Financial Statements

 

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.

 

IV.              Public Hearing

 

David White, Holden, read a prepared statement (attachment 1).

 

Rosann Silver, Holden, read a prepared statement (attachment 2).

 

Maureen Floryan, Holden, read a prepared statement (attachment 3).

 

Edith Morgan, Princeton, read a prepared statement (attachment 4).

 

Melinda Johnson, Paxton, thanked the School Committee members who supported the recent ballot vote.  She thanked the Superintendent, the high school principal, the staff, and the students.  She also thanked her Paxton representatives.  She indicated that the “plus” that came out of the recent election was that a large number of voters voted in the election.

 

Sandra Lowenthal, Princeton, read an article from Newsweek (attachment 5).

 

Ed Twarog, Princeton, voted no because he believed that the plan was not thought out.  He stated that the Superintendent acted like a used car salesman, “Buy today or the price will be higher tomorrow.”

 

Caitlin Smith, student from Holden, read a prepared statement (attachment 6)

 

Sue Reynolds, Holden, indicated that she was devastated by the vote.  She urged the Committee look to change the percentage for school building to majority rather than two thirds.

 

David Gibbs, Sterling, read a prepared statement (attachment 7).

 

Susan Duval, Sterling, thanked her representatives for representing the majority view in Sterling.  She has worked with PATHS and the Coalition and believes that those groups did their homework.  She would like to be working with others to build two schools.

 

Jean Theurkauf, Sterling, suggested that a comprehensive survey be done, mailing to each household.  She also urged the School Committee to give the teachers the best contract in the state in order to retain good teachers.

 

John Schneweiss, Sterling, indicated that he is not a “one-schooler” or a “two-schooler” but a “schooler”.  The Committee needs to put the anger aside, to think outside the box.  He also indicated that a good teachers contract is critical.

 

Ralph Rondinone, Sterling, believes that there is common ground.  He believes all the people in the room are “schoolers”.  He suggested that the Committee relook at David Krashes proposal.

 

Dennis Conrad, Sterling, believes the Committee should look for compromise.

 

Hal Lane, Holden, believes in consensus.  The School Committee should never have turned over responsibility to the Boards of Selectmen.  The School Committee is comprised of members voted to do the business of the schools and the education of our students.  He indicated that voters voted no for reasons not feasible.  He urged the Committee to remember that the focus should be on the kids.

 

Ira Fiensted, Rutland, suggested that the school Committee either do one new school, two new schools, or paint it.

 

Joe Sullivan, Holden, quoted Yogi Berra “déjà vu all over again”.  He believed that the community owed an apology to the students for not being able to solve the problem.  He encouraged the School Committee to follow David White’s suggestion for a survey.  He urged the Committee to take pause; give the new board a chance to convene; remember that the kids are waiting.

 

Dave Nichols, Princeton, agreed with Joe Sullivan; education is the top priority.  He did his homework as an informed voter.  He did not want the Committee to come back again with the same proposal.

 

Meghan Creedon, Holden, read a prepared statement (attachment 8)

 

Frank Malone, Rutland, read a written statement (attachment 9).

 

Kristin Kelly, told the Committee that the Wachusett experience was irreplaceable.  She was concerned about staggered sessions and teachers leaving because of it.  She also indicated that the teachers contract should be settled.

 

V.                 Communications

 

Motion:  To allow Brian Bullock, Holden Town Manager, to serve as Holden’s representative to the negotiating committee.

                                                                        (S. Horeanopoulos)

                                                                        (L. Neilan)

 

Amendment:  To add the Superintendent or his designee to be on the negotiating committee.

                                                                        (J. Rokicki)

                                                                        (J. Wentzell)

 

Members Rokicki and Wentzell withdrew the motion to amend.

 

Amendment:  To allow a Selectboard member or the board’s designee to serve on the Committee.

                                                                        (J. Rokicki)

                                                                        (J. Gibbs)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

            Duncan Leith

            John Rokicki

            Mary Copeland

            Jeffrey Gibbs

            Jane James

            Peter MacDonald

            Kelly Maxwell

            John Nunnari

            Kathleen Singh

            Rosemary Warren

            Jeffrey Wentzell

           

Opposed:

            Paul Anderson

            Kimberly Ferguson

            Sherry Horeanopoulos

            Sarah Jordan

            David Lowenthal

            Lorraine Neilan

            Elizabeth Pape

 

(Motion passed 11-7)

 

Roll call vote to accept amended motion in total over main motion, which reads: To allow a Selectboard members or the board’s designee to serve on the Committee.

 

In favor:

            Duncan Leith

            John Rokicki

            Paul Anderson

            Mary Copeland

            Jeffrey Gibbs

            Jane James

            Kelly Maxwell

            Lorraine Neilan

            John Nunnari

            Elizabeth Pape

            Kathleen Singh

            Rosemary Warren

            Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

            Kimberly Ferguson

            Sherry Horeanopoulos

            Sarah Jordan

            David Lowenthal

            Peter MacDonald

 

(Motion passed 13-5)

 

Communication was received by Chairman Leith from Louis Cornacchioli , Chairman of the Rutland Board of Selectman designating Doug Briggs as the representative to the negotiating committee (attachment 10).  He also received additional correspondence from the Rutland Selectboard inviting the Superintendent, Judith Evans, principal of Central Tree Middle School and School Committee members to the Board’s meeting on April 30, 2001 (attachment 11).

 

Member Kathleen Singh gave the Chairman Leith a copy of correspondence from Department of Revenue regarding Medicaid funds (attachment 12).

 

Member John Rokicki read an email from Carol Esperti (attachment 13).

 

Member John Nunnari read attachment 40 from the packet regarding a response by the office of Campaign & Political Finance.

 

There was a brief discussion regarding the use of email by elected officials.  Chairman Leith reinforced to members that if email is going to three or more members, that constitutes a subcommittee and is a violation of the open meeting law.  In addition, members were reminded that emails concerning School Committee business are part of the public record and should be forwarded to the Superintendent for inclusion in the Superintendent’s reports.

 

Member Sherry Horeanopoulos requested that the Chairman write a note of thanks to Principal Tom Pandiscio for his work on the high school project.  The Chairman indicated this should be brought up under new business.

 

VI.              Committee Reports

 

A.     Student Advisory Committee (L. McNally, T. Creedon, N. Leger)

 

Tim Creedon asked what would happen now with the high school.  He also asked about the teachers’ contract.

He reported that the play, “Once Upon a Mattress” was great this past weekend.

 

B.     Management Subcommittee (D. Leith-Chairman, P. Anderson, M. Copeland, S. Horeanopoulos, S. Jordan, K. Maxwell, J. Nunnari, E. Pape, J. Rokicki, J. Wentzell)

 

Chairman Leith reported that Management Subcommittee had met to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation and that a report of the Subcommittee was included in the Superintendent’s report.

 

1.      Superintendent’s Evaluation

 

Chairman Leith indicated that because of all the work for the high school project, the chairman of the subcommittees were not prepared for the evaluation.  They will be completed and distributed by the end of April.  The evaluation will take place at the May regular meeting.  If members wish to offer amendments to the evaluation that can be done at the School Committee meeting.  Input before then should be directed to the chairs of the subcommittees.  Member Kathleen Singh asked if there was ever a minority opinion on the Superintendent’s evaluation.  It was explained that the entire evaluation process was clearly defined in the Superintendent’s contract.  Member Peter MacDonald requested a copy of the Superintendent’s contract.

 

2.      Motion:  To adopt Policy AP8130 Policy Relating to Communication/Public Relations Distribution of Notices by Students for the first reading, waiving the reading

(S. Jordan)

(J. Rokicki)

 

                                    Vote:

                                    In favor:

                                                Duncan Leith

                                                John Rokicki

                                                Paul Anderson

                                                Mary Copeland

                                                Kimberly Ferguson

                                                                Jeffrey Gibbs

                                                Sherry Horeanopoulos

                                                Jane James

                                                Sarah Jordan

                                                David Lowenthal

                                                Peter MacDonald

                                                Kelly Maxwell

                                                Lorraine Neilan

                                                John Nunnari

                                                Elizabeth Pape

                                                Kathleen Singh

                                                Rosemary Warren

                                                Jeffrey Wentzell

                                   

                                    Opposed:

                                                None

 

                                    (Motion passed unanimously)

 

Chairman Leith indicated that he would like the School Committee to vote on the representatives to the negotiating committee as he had requested that the Selectboards elect their representative.  He stated that he would go by town and ask who would be interested and then a paper ballot would be used for members to vote.

 

Holden – Members Kelly Maxwell and Jane James were interested.

 

Vote by paper ballot (attachment 14):

            Duncan Leith – Kelly Maxwell

            John Rokicki -- Abstain

            Paul Anderson – Jane James

            Mary Copeland – Jane James

            Kimberly Ferguson – Kelly Maxwell

            Jeffrey Gibbs – Jane James

            Sherry Horeanopoulos – Kelly Maxwell

            Jane James – Jane James

            Sarah Jordan – Kelly Maxwell

            David Lowenthal – Kelly Maxwell

            Peter MacDonald -- Abstain

            Kelly Maxwell – Kelly Maxwell

            Lorraine Neilan – Kelly Maxwell

            John Nunnari – Jane James

            Elizabeth Pape – Jane James

            Kathleen Singh – Kelly Maxwell

            Rosemary Warren – Jane James

            Jeffrey Wentzell – Jane James

 

The vote was tied 8-8.  Chairman Leith appointed Kelly Maxwell as the Holden Representative.

 

Each of the remaining towns only had one member interested in serving on the Committee.  Chairman Leith appointed the following members:

 

Paxton – Rosemary Warren

Princeton – Sherry Horeanopoulos

Rutland – John Rokicki

Sterling – Kathleen Singh

 

 

Motion:  To ask the Chairman to ask Representative David Bunker to serve as moderator as a non-voting facilitator

                                                            (J. Nunnari)

                                                            (J. Wentzell)

 

Vote:

In favor:

            Duncan Leith

            Mary Copeland

            Jane James

            John Nunnari

            Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

            John Rokicki

            Paul Anderson

            Kimberly Ferguson

            Jeffrey Gibbs

            Sherry Horeanopoulos

            Sarah Jordan

            David Lowenthal

            Peter MacDonald

            Kelly Maxwell

            Lorraine Neilan

            Elizabeth Pape

            Kathleen Singh

            Rosemary Warren

           

(Motion failed 5-13)

 

C.     Education Subcommittee (M. Copeland-Chairman, K. Ferguson, J. Gibbs, J. James, S. Jordan, D. Lowenthal, L. Neilan, J. Nunnari, E. Pape, R. Warren)

 

1.      Superintendent’s Evaluation

 

Subcommittee Chair Mary Copeland reported that the Education Subcommittee had met and discussed the Superintendent’s evaluation and MCAS issues.  The meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th, has been cancelled.

 

D.     Finance/Business Subcommittee (P. Anderson-Chairman, K. Fensin, J. Gibbs, J. James, P. James, D. Leith, D. Lowenthal, P. MacDonald, K. Singh, R. Warren)

 

1.      Superintendent’s Evaluation

 

Subcommittee Chair Paul Anderson reported that the Business/Finance Committee had met to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation and to review the Treasurer’s Report.

 

E.      Ad Hoc Subcommittee to Review the Regional Agreement (J. Rokicki-Chairman, S. Horeanopoulos, D. Leith, K. Singh, J. Wentzell)

 

Ad-Hoc Subcommittee has not met.

 

Motion:  To request District Counsel to provide the Committee with a proposed amendment to the Regional Agreement providing the following attributes:  enabling initiative petition by 10% of voters of any one town, enabling initiative petition by an affirmative vote of an annual or special town meeting and the requirement of two successive votes by the Committee on School Committee proposed amendments, and the requirement that a public hearing be held on any proposed amendment prior to a second vote by the School Committee.

                                                                  (J. Rokicki)

                                                                  (M. Copeland)

 

Motion:  To move the question.

                                                                  (M. Copeland)

                                                                  (J. Wentzell)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

      Duncan Leith

      John Rokicki

      Paul Anderson

      Mary Copeland

      Jeffrey Gibbs

      Jane James

      Lorraine Neilan

      John Nunnari

      Elizabeth Pape

      Rosemary Warren

      Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

      Kimberly Ferguson

      Sherry Horeanopoulos

      Sarah Jordan

      David Lowenthal

      Peter MacDonald

      Kelly Maxwell

      Kathleen Singh

 

(Motion failed 11-7, 2/3 required)

 

Member Lorraine Neilan left the meeting at 9:50 PM.

 

Vote on the main motion:

                                In favor:

                                    Duncan Leith

                                    John Rokicki

                                    Paul Anderson

                                    Mary Copeland

                                    Jeffrey Gibbs

                                    Jane James

                                    John Nunnari

                                    Elizabeth Pape

                                    Rosemary Warren

                                    Jeffrey Wentzell

                                   

                                Opposed:

                                    Kimberly Ferguson

                                    Sherry Horeanopoulos

                                    Sarah Jordan

                                    David Lowenthal

                                    Peter MacDonald

                                    Kelly Maxwell

                                    Kathleen Singh

                                               

                                    (Motion passed 10-7)

 

Member Lorraine Neilan returned to the meeting at 9:55 PM.

 

F.      School Building Committees

 

1.      Holden – (K. Maxwell)

 

No report.

 

2.   Paxton – (C. Ely)

 

      Member Rosemary Warren asked whether the district had received copies of the “As Built” drawings.

 

3.  Rutland – (J. Rokicki)

 

No report.

 

4.      Sterling – (S. Jordan)

 

No report.

 

5.      High School Building Committee

 

No report.

 

G.     School Council Representatives: Central Tree Middle School (J. Nunnari); Chocksett (P. MacDonald); Dawson (K. Maxwell); Mountview (J. James); Naquag (J. Gibbs); Thomas Prince (S. Horeanopoulos); Wachusett Regional High School (E. Pape)

 

Houghton – Member Sarah Jordan reported that the Houghton Council is working on a parent survey.

 

Paxton – Member Rosemary Warren reported that the Council discussed some building security issues and that they were reviewing their By-Laws.

 

Mayo – Member Lorraine Neilan reported that the Mayo Council is working on a survey for parents.

 

Davis Hill – Member Mary Copeland reported that the Council is working on the draft of its first school improvement plan.

 

VII.            Recommendations and Reports of the Superintendent

 

Member Kelly Maxwell left the meeting at 10:06 PM.

 

A. Motion:  To enter executive session at the end of the meeting, not to return to public session, for the purposes of discussing strategies for collective bargaining.

                                                                        (S. Jordan)

                                                                        (S. Horeanopoulos)

 

     Roll call vote:

     In favor:

            Duncan Leith

            John Rokicki

            Paul Anderson

            Kimberly Ferguson

            Jeffrey Gibbs

            Sherry Horeanopoulos

            Jane James

            Sarah Jordan

            David Lowenthal

            Peter MacDonald

            Lorraine Neilan

            Elizabeth Pape

            Kathleen Singh

           

Opposed:

            Mary Copeland

            John Nunnari

            Rosemary Warren

            Jeffrey Wentzell

 

(Motion passed 13-4)

 

B.     Motion:  To adopt the 2001/2002 School Calendar

(S. Jordan)

(S. Horeanopoulos)

 

                              Vote:

                               In favor:

                                    Duncan Leith

                                    John Rokicki

                                    Paul Anderson

                                    Mary Copeland

                                    Kimberly Ferguson

                                    Jeffrey Gibbs

                                    Sherry Horeanopoulos

                                    Jane James

                                    Sarah Jordan

                                    David Lowenthal

                                    Peter MacDonald

                                    Lorraine Neilan

                                    John Nunnari

                                    Elizabeth Pape

                                    Kathleen Singh

                                    Jeffrey Wentzell

 

                              Opposed:

                                    Rosemary Warren

 

                             (Motion passed 16-1)

 

C.     Motion: to adopt the revised School Committee Calendar, as presented changing the Superintendent’s evaluation to the May 16, 2001 meeting

(S. Jordan)

(S. Horeanopoulos)

 

                              Vote:

                              In favor:

                                    Duncan Leith

                                    John Rokicki

                                    Paul Anderson

                                    Mary Copeland

                                    Kimberly Ferguson

                                    Jeffrey Gibbs

                                    Sherry Horeanopoulos

                                    Jane James

                                    Sarah Jordan

                                    David Lowenthal

                                    Peter MacDonald

                                    Lorraine Neilan

                                    John Nunnari

                                    Elizabeth Pape

                                    Kathleen Singh

                                    Rosemary Warren

                                    Jeffrey Wentzell

 

                              Opposed:

                                    None

 

                             (Motion passed unanimously)

 

D.     Motion:  To reappropriate SBAB funds in the amount of $1,077,495 to the Town of Sterling for reimbursement for the renovation/addition at Houghton/Chocksett Schools, in anticipation of receipt of funds from Commonwealth of Massachusetts, following receipt on the next available warrant.

(S. Jordan)

(J. Rokicki)

 

                              Roll call vote:

                              In favor:

                                    Duncan Leith

                                    John Rokicki

                                    Paul Anderson

                                    Mary Copeland

                                    Kimberly Ferguson

                                    Jeffrey Gibbs

                                    Sherry Horeanopoulos

                                    Jane James

                                    Sarah Jordan

                                    David Lowenthal

                                    Peter MacDonald

                                    Lorraine Neilan

                                    John Nunnari

                                    Elizabeth Pape

                                    Kathleen Singh

                                    Rosemary Warren

                                    Jeffrey Wentzell

 

                              Opposed:

                                    None

 

                              (Motion passed unanimously)

 

E.      Motion:  To reappropriate SBAB funds, when received from the Department of Education, on the next available warrant, in the following amounts during FY02:

 

Town                     Amount                       Expected Date of Receipt

Holden                 $   727,258                December 6, 2001

Paxton                  $   275,939                October 10, 2001

Rutland                 $   759,799                October 10, 2001

Rutland                 $   222,495                March 5, 2002

Sterling                $1,077,495                June 1, 2002 

TOTAL                $4,034,955

 

(S. Jordan)

(J. Nunnari)

 

 

     Members Sarah Jordan and John Nunnari withdrew the motion and this item was referred to the next meeting as the numbers did not total correctly.

 

F.      Motion:  to accept Inez Molder from Germany for the school year 2001-2002 as an international student at Wachusett Regional High School.

(J. Wentzell)

(J. Rokicki)

 

                             Vote:

                             In favor:

                                    Duncan Leith

                                    John Rokicki

                                    Paul Anderson

                                    Mary Copeland

                                    Kimberly Ferguson

                                    Jeffrey Gibbs

                                    Sherry Horeanopoulos

                                    Jane James

                                    Sarah Jordan

                                    David Lowenthal

                                    Peter MacDonald

                                    Lorraine Neilan

                                    John Nunnari

                                    Elizabeth Pape

                                    Kathleen Singh

                                    Rosemary Warren

                                    Jeffrey Wentzell

 

                             Opposed:

                                    None

 

                            (Motion passed unanimously)

 

Member Rosemary Warren left the meeting at 10:15 PM.

 

VIII.         Unfinished Business

 

A.     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 states’ 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

 

Member John Rokicki asked that the maker of the motion be put on the Agenda.

 

B.     Release of Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on February 20, 2001

 

C.     Release of Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on February 12, 2001

 

D.    Release of Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on January 29, 2001

 

E.     Release of Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on January 8, 2001

 

F.      Release of Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on August 21, 2000 as approved on September 11, 2000

 

G.    Release of Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on June 12, 2000 as approved on July 10, 2000

 

H.    Release of balance of Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on December 14, 1999 as approved on December 22, 1999 and partially released on December 22, 1999

 

I.        Release of Executive Session Minutes of the WRSD Committee held on August 23, 1999 as approved on October 18, 1999

 

IX.              Public Hearing

 

No one from the public wished to speak.

 

X.                New Business

 

Member John Rokicki announced that the Mountview Destination Imagination team won and will be going to the National Competition.

 

Member Mary Copeland left the meeting at 10:22 PM.

 

Member David Lowenthal distributed a response to the Superintendent’s response to David Krashes (attachment 15)

 

Motion:  To request District to prepare an RFP to request services for a complete survey and for a sample survey to the people of the District.

                                                                        (K. Singh)

                                                                        (J. Gibbs)

 

Vote:

                        In favor:

                                    Duncan Leith

                                    John Rokicki

                                    Paul Anderson

                                    Kimberly Ferguson

                                                Jeffrey Gibbs

                                    Sherry Horeanopoulos

                                    Jane James

                                    Lorraine Neilan

                                    Elizabeth Pape

                                    Kathleen Singh

                                   

                                   

                        Opposed:

                                    Sarah Jordan

                                    David Lowenthal

                                    Peter MacDonald

                                    John Nunnari

                                    Jeffrey Wentzell

 

(Motion passed 10-5)

 

Director Soojian distributed copies of “A Poetry Collection” from Dawson School (attachment 16).

 

Member Jane James left the meeting at 10:42 PM.

 

XI.       Adjournment

 

Chairman Duncan Leith left the meeting at 10:43 PM.

 

The Committee entered executive session at 10:43 PM

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Alfred D. Tutela, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

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