WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

HOLDEN PAXTON PRINCETON RUTLAND STERLING

Minutes

Special Meeting #216 Thursday, February 15, 2001

7:00 PM

Media Center

Wachusett Regional High School

Members present:

Duncan Leith, Chairman Paul James (8:23 PM)

John Rokicki, Vice-chairman Sarah Jordan

Paul Anderson David Lowenthal

Mary Copeland (7:10 PM) Peter MacDonald

Kenneth Fensin Kelly Maxwell

Kimberly Ferguson Lorraine Neilan

Jeffrey Gibbs John Nunnari

Sherry Horeanopoulos Kathleen Singh

Jane James Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Members absent:

Elizabeth Pape

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

Rebecca Petersen, Administrative Assistant

Others present:

Thomas Pandiscio, Principal, Wachusett Regional High School

Ryan Brennan, Student Representative

Linda Lehans, The Landmark

Mary Anne Magiera, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Melanie Mangin, Clinton Item

David W. Gibbs, Sterling

John Schneeweis, Sterling

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Jon Fitch, Princeton

David Utter, Princeton

Bob Rauh, Rutland

Rosann Silver, Holden

Sue Reynolds, Holden

Ron Johnson, Paxton

Melinda Johnson, Paxton

Maureen Floryan, Holden

Donna Dominguez, Sterling

Bonnie Shayler, Sterling

Debbie Croucher, Sterling

I. Call to Order

Chairman Duncan Leith called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

(K. Singh)

(L. Neilan)

Motion: To override decision by Chairman.

(S. Jordan)

(P. MacDonald)

Following discussion

Motion: To move the question.

(J. Gibbs)

(P. Anderson)

Vote:

In favor:

Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Gibbs

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Sherry Horeanopoulos

Jane James

Duncan Leith

John Nunnari

John Rokicki

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

Kimberly Ferguson

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

Kathleen Singh

(Motion failed 10-7 (2/3 required))

Further discussion on the motion.

Roll call vote on motion:

In favor:

Kimberly Ferguson

Sarah Jordan

David Lowenthal

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxell

Kathleen Singh

Opposed:

Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Jane James

Sherry Horeanopoulos

Duncan Leith

John Nunnari

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

 

 

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Abstained:

Lorraine Neilan

John Rokicki

(Motion failed 6-10-2)

Chairman Leith made available R. Drayton Fair and Jeffrey Davis of Tappe Associates, Inc. to respond to any member questions

Superintendent Tutela distributed copies of Draft Warrant Articles as prepared by Attorney McCabe for Option 1 (Purchase of Land and Renovations and Addition to Existing High School Building, Including Any Necessary Demolition), Option 1-A (Renovation and Addition of Existing High School Building – No Purchase of Land) and Option 2 (Purchase of Land and Construction of New High School Facility – Demolition of Existing High School) (attachment 1).

Chairman Leith then explained that he would allow each Committee member three minutes to voice their choice (Option 1, Option 1-A, Option 2). The order of speaking would be drawn "from a hat." Following the completion of the cycle, members would then be given an opportunity to speak again.

Chairman Duncan Leith: Option 2

Member Jeffrey Wentzell: Option 2

It is the option the students deserve.

Member John Nunnari: Option 2

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Member Paul Anderson: Option 2

Student Representative Brennan: Option 2

Member Jeffrey Gibbs: Option 2

Member Paul James: Option 2

Member Rosemary Warren: Option 2

Member Jane James: Option 2

Member Mary Copeland: Option 2

Member Kathleen Singh: Does not support any of the options.

Member Kenneth Fensin: Option 2

The possibility of injury during renovation is unthinkable.

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Member Kelly Maxwell: No option given.

Member Sarah Jordan: Must vote yes for Option 1 or 2

Member John Rokicki: Option 2

Member Kimberly Ferguson: Option 2

Member Lorraine Neilan: Option 2

At 8:50 PM Chairman Leith called for a 10 minute recess.

Chairman Leith called the meeting back to order at 9:02 PM.

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Vote on amendment:

In favor:

Paul Anderson

Mary Copeland

Kimberly Ferguson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Jane James

Paul James

Sarah Jordan

Duncan Leith

Peter MacDonald

Kelly Maxwell

John Nunnari

Lorraine Neilan

John Rokicki

Kathleen Singh

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

Opposed:

Kenneth Fensin

David Lowenthal

(Motion passed 17-2)

 

 

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(S. Horeanopoulos)

(K. Singh)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Kimberly Ferguson

Opposed:

Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Gibbs

Jane James

Paul James

Sarah Jordan

Duncan Leith

David Lowenthal

John Nunnari

Rosemary Warren

Jeffrey Wentzell

(Motion failed 7-12)

Motion; To go into executive session to discuss minutes of 1/23/01. (D. Lowenthal)

(S. Horeanopoulos)

Chairman Leith ruled motion out of order.

Roll call vote on main motion as amended:

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Chairman Leith noted that the next meeting of the School Committee will be Tuesday, February 20, 2001, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Wachusett Regional High School. The agenda will be to decide if vote should be a ballot vote or a town meeting vote.

(J. Rokicki)

(P. Anderson)

Roll call vote:

In favor:

Paul Anderson

Duncan Leith

Kelly Maxwell

Lorraine Neilan

John Rokicki

Kathleen Singh

Opposed:

Mary Copeland

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Abstained:

Kenneth Fensin

(Motion passed 10-7-1)

The School Committee went into executive session at 9:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Alfred D. Tutela, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

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