WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

HOLDEN ¨ PAXTON ¨ PRINCETON ¨ RUTLAND ¨ STERLING

 

Minutes

 

Executive Session

Thursday, March 22, 2001

 

7:00 PM

 

Media Center

Wachusett Regional High School

 

Members present:

 

Duncan Leith, Chairman                              

            John Rokicki, Vice-chairman (7:15 PM)              

            Paul Anderson                                              

Mary Copeland (7:16 PM)                                      

            Kimberly Ferguson                                      

            Jeffrey Gibbs                                                

            Sherry Horeanopoulos (7:08 PM)             

            Jane James                                                    

            Paul James (7:07 PM)

            Sarah Jordan

            David Lowenthal

            Peter MacDonald

            Kelly Maxwell

            Lorraine Neilan

            John Nunnari

            Elizabeth Pape

            Kathleen Singh

            Rosemary Warren

            Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Members absent:

 

            Kenneth Fensin                                             

           

 

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:

 

            James Scola, Municipal Representative (7:08 PM)

 

Acting Chairman John Nunnari called the executive session to order at 7:06 PM.

 

The Superintendent reviewed with committee members an update.  He is recommending the adoption of a one-year bridge agreement providing the following:

           

·        4% this year

·        immediate negotiations to resolve the balance of the three year agreement

·        the new starting salary category will begin September 2001

·        immediate implementation of the disability benefit previously agreed to

 

Motion:  To accept the Superintendent’s recommendation for a one-year bridge agreement as presented

 

                                                                                                (S. Jordan)

                                                                                                (J. James)

 

Vice-chairman John Rokicki arrived at 7:15 PM and took over as acting chairman.

 

Director of Administrative Services Mary Scott distributed a comparison of salary schedules and benefits (attachment 1).

 

There were several questions concerning the bridge agreement and future proposals.  The Superintendent distributed proposed color-coded salary schedules (attachments 2-5).

 

There was discussion among members regarding the various proposals presented.  The Superintendent reported that the following are the key reasons for this proposal:

·        Marketplace

·        WREA’s negotiation position

·        Timing

·        Interference of outside elected officials

 

Municipal Representative James Scola indicated that it was inappropriate for selectboard members to involve themselves with the negotiations as he is their representative at the table and all questions or concerns should come through him.

 

The Superintendent reported that it may be necessary to cancel staff vacations and compensate for that in order to facilitate the negotiations of the remaining contracts.

 

Upon a question by Member Kathleen Singh as to the availability of other options for the Committee, the Superintendent distributed an additional yellow proposal (attachment 6).

 

Motion:  To amend the original motion to change 4% to 3 ˝% /1/2%

 

                                                                                                (P. Anderson)

                                                                                                (L. Neilan)

 

The Superintendent noted the time of the amendment as 8:27 PM.

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

            John Rokicki

            Paul Anderson

            Mary Copeland

            Sherry Horeanopoulos

            Jane James

            Sarah Jordan

            David Lowenthal

            Peter MacDonald

            Lorraine Neilan

            John Nunnari

            Elizabeth Pape

            Kathleen Singh

            Rosemary Warren

            Jeffrey Wentzell

            James Scola

 

Opposed:

            Kimberly Ferguson

            Paul James

            Kelly Maxwell

 

(Motion passed 15-3)

 

Roll call vote on the main motion as amended:

In favor:

            John Rokicki

            Paul Anderson

            Mary Copeland

            Jane James

            Sarah Jordan

            Lorraine Neilan

            John Nunnari

            Elizabeth Pape

           

Opposed:

            Kimberly Ferguson

            Sherry Horeanopoulos

            David Lowenthal

            Peter MacDonald

            Kelly Maxwell

            Kathleen Singh

            Rosemary Warren

            Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Abstained:

            Paul James

            James Scola

 

(Motion failed 8-8-2)

 

Motion:  To authorize the Superintendent to enter into a three year contract, 3˝%/ ˝% each year for this year and the next two years and to allow the Superintendent some discretion on longevity.

 

                                                                                    (S. Horeanopoulos)

                                                                                    (L. Neilan)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

            John Rokicki

            Paul Anderson

            Mary Copeland

            Kimberly Ferguson

            Sherry Horeanopoulos

            Jane James

            Paul James

            Sarah Jordan

            Peter MacDonald

            Kelly Maxwell

            Lorraine Neilan

            John Nunnari

            Elizabeth Pape

            Rosemary Warren

            Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

            David Lowenthal

            Kathleen Singh

 

Abstained:

            James Scola

 

(Motion passed 15-2-1)

 

Motion:  To adjourn

 

                                                                                    (S. Jordan)

                                                                                    (L. Neilan)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

            John Rokicki

            Paul Anderson

            Mary Copeland

            Kimberly Ferguson

            Sherry Horeanopoulos

            Jane James

            Paul 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.)

 

Executive session ended at 8:42 PM.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Alfred D. Tutela, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

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