WACHUSETT REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

HOLDEN ® PAXTON ® PRINCETON ® RUTLAND ® STERLING

 

Minutes

 

Wachusett Regional School District Committee

 

Special Meeting #220, Tuesday, May 8, 2001

7:00 p.m.

 

Media Center

Wachusett Regional High School

 

 

 

Committee Members Present:

††††††††††† Duncan Leith, Chairman†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††† John Rokicki, Vice-Chairman††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††† Paul Anderson†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††† Mary Copeland (7:05 PM)†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††† Kenneth Fensin (7:04 PM)††††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos (7:09 PM)††††††††††††† Rosemary Warren (8:07 PM)

††††††††††† Jane James (8:28 PM)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

††††††††††† Paul James (7:03 PM)

 

Committee Members Absent:

††††††††††† Lorraine Neilan

 

Administration Present:

††††††††††† Alfred D. Tutela, Superintendent of Schools

††††††††††† Philip Campbell, Director of Student/Information Services

††††††††††† Susan Sullivan, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

 

Others Present:

††††††††††† James Scola, Municipal Representative

††††††††††† Linda Lehans, The Landmark

††††††††††† Richard Halloran, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

††††††††††† Debbie Perry, Holden

††††††††††† Maureen Floryan, Holden

††††††††††† Melinda Johnson, Paxton

†††††††††††

 

I.††††††††† Call to Order

 

††††††††††† Chairman Leith called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

 

II.†††††††† Recommendations of the Superintendent

 

Motion:††††††††† To enter into executive session to discuss strategies for negotiations, to return to public session.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Wentzell)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (P. Anderson)

 

††††††††††† Roll call vote:

††††††††††† In favor:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

††††††††††† Opposed:

††††††††††††††††††††††† None

†††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††† (Motion passed unanimously.)

 

The Superintendent reported that Municipal Representative James Scola was properly notified and would be in attendance at the executive session.

 

††††††††††† Chairman Duncan Leith did not enter executive session.

 

Chairman Leith reconvened the meeting at 7:41 PM.

 

Member Kenneth Fensin left the meeting at 7:42 PM.

 

Member Sarah Jordan distributed copies of correspondence from Timothy Bragan, Executive Secretary to the Town of Sterling (attachment 1).

 

Motion:To approve and authorize the Town of Sterling to expand the parking at Houghton/Chocksett Schools funded by the Town of Sterling, pending review by District staff

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (S. Jordan)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (P. MacDonald)

 

Vote:

In favor:

††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††† Paul James

††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

††††††††††† None

 

(Motion passed unanimously)

 

Chairman Leith distributed the School Committee Self Evaluation Forms (attachment 2).

 

III.               Recommendations of the Business/Finance Subcommittee

 

Budget Reduction Guidelines

 

Subcommittee Chairman Paul Anderson reviewed the actions of the Business/Finance Subcommittee.

 

Motion:The Superintendent is directed to budget the District for FY02 to the guaranteed appropriation of the towns.All funds set aside in escrow by member towns shall not be included in the budgetary revenue of the District.The School Committee recognizes mandates and requirements that cannot be reduced and the Districtís previous efforts to reduce operational overhead.

 

The Superintendent is directed to focus reduction in the following priority:

 

1.                  Reduce transportation to the requirements of state law;

2.                  Reduce non-required Central office instructional support, including after-school unfunded programs;

3.                  Reduce non-required teacher aides, including kindergarten aides;

4.                  Reduce instructional staff.

 

The Superintendent is solely responsible for all personnel actions within the District and has the final determination of all reductions.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (P. Anderson)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Wentzell)

 

The Superintendent distributed Timeline Ė Budget Process if FY02 Appropriation is not Approved by Four Out of Five Member Towns (attachment 3) and copies of the motions for appropriation from the Town of Sterling and the Town of Holden (attachments 4 and 5).

 

Motion:To move the question.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (M. Copeland)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Wentzell)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul James

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

 

Abstained:

††††††††††† Jane James

 

(Motion failed 7-10-1)

 

Motion:To table the motion until Committee members have copies of the entire budget.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (S. Jordan)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (D. Lowenthal)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

†††††††††††

Opposed:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jane James

††††††††††† Paul James

††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

(Motion failed 7-11)

 

Motion:To move the question.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Gibbs)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Wentzell)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††† ††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jane James

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul 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 failed 11-7, two-thirds required.)

 

Motion:To amend the motion by striking the four options and to direct the Superintendent to investigate reducing the budget by $1.4M in a way that will have the least educational impact on the school District.The Superintendent is solely responsible for all personnel actions within the District and has the final determination of all reductions.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (S. Horeanopoulos)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (K. Maxwell)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul James

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

†††††††††††

Opposed:

††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††† Jane James

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

(Motion failed 7-11)

 

Motion:To amend the motion by providing a substitution motion which reads: to authorize the Superintendent to spend the budget as appropriated by the School Committee regardless of money being put into escrow.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Gibbs)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Rokicki)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

†††††††††††††††††††††††

Opposed:

††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††† Jane James

††††††††††† Paul James

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

(Motion failed 5-13)

 

Roll call vote on the main motion, which reads, The Superintendent is directed to budget the District for FY02 to the guaranteed appropriation of the towns.All funds set aside in escrow by member towns shall not be included in the budgetary revenue of the District.The School Committee recognizes mandates and requirements that cannot be reduced and the Districtís previous efforts to reduce operational overhead.

 

The Superintendent is directed to focus reduction in the following priority:

 

1.      Reduce transportation to the requirements of state law;

2.      Reduce non-required Central office instructional support, including after-school unfunded programs;

3.      Reduce non-required teacher aides, including kindergarten aides;

4.      Reduce instructional staff.

 

The Superintendent is solely responsible for all personnel actions within the District and has the final determination of all reductions:

 

In favor:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jane James

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul James

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

 

(Motion passed 10-8)

 

Member Paul James left the meeting at 10:10 PM.

 

IV.†††††† Motion to Rescind the following motion of March 22, 2001:To amend the Amended Wachusett Regional School District Agreement by deleting section 14.2 which reads:

 

††††††††††† Section 14.2This agreement may be amended by recommendation of the Regional District School Committee and approval of member towns of the District by majority vote at an annual or special town meeting provided that not more than one town disagrees.No such amendment shall be made which shall substantially impair the rights of the holders of any bonds or notes of the District then outstanding or the rights of the District to procure the means of payment thereof; provided that this provision shall not prevent the admission of new towns to the District and the reapportionment accordingly of that part of the cost of construction represented by bonds or notes of the District then outstanding and of interest thereon (Chapter 116 of the Acts of 1951)

 

††††††††††† And by substituting therefore the following:

 

††††††††††† This agreement may be amended by recommendation of the Regional District School Committee, by a majority vote of the board of selectmen in any one town, or by a signed petition bearing the signatures of 10% of the registered voters of any member town, and approval of member towns of the District by majority vote at an annual or special town meeting provided that not more than one town disagrees.Said petition shall contain, at the end thereof, a statement by the qualified town clerk or clerks as to the number of registered voters in said town according to the most recent voting list, and that such names as have been placed thereon are the names of registered voters, and that the signatures appear to be genuine.No such amendment shall be made which shall substantially impair the rights of the holders of any bonds or notes of the District then outstanding or the rights of the District to procure the means of payment thereof; provided that this provision shall not prevent the admission of new towns to the District and the reapportionment accordingly of that part of the cost of construction represented by bonds or notes of the District then outstanding and of interest thereon (Chapter 116 of the Acts of 1951)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Wentzell)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Gibbs)

 

Motion:††††††††† To challenge the actions of the Chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (K. Singh)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (S. Jordan)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

†††††††††††

Opposed:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jane James

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Abstained:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

 

(Motion failed 6-9-2)

 

Motion:††††††††† To move the question

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (M. Copeland)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ( J. Wentzell)

 

Roll call vote:

In favor:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jane James

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

 

(Motion failed 10-7, two-thirds required)

 

Roll call vote on the motion to rescind:

In favor:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Duncan Leith

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Rokicki

††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Anderson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mary Copeland

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Gibbs

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jane James

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

Opposed:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kimberly Ferguson

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sherry Horeanopoulos

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sarah Jordan

††††††††††††††††††††††† David Lowenthal

††††††††††††††††††††††† Peter MacDonald

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kelly Maxwell

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

 

Abstained:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

 

(Motion passed 9-7-1)

 

V.††††††† Adjournment

 

††††††††††† Motion:To adjourn.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (J. Wentzell)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (R. Warren)

 

††††††††††† 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

††††††††††††††††††††††† John Nunnari

††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Pape

††††††††††††††††††††††† Kathleen Singh

††††††††††††††††††††††† Rosemary Warren

††††††††††††††††††††††† Jeffrey Wentzell

 

††††††††††† Opposed:

††††††††††††††††††††††† None

 

††††††††††† (Motion passed unanimously)

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:35 PM

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Alfred D. Tutela, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

ADT:ss

School Committee/Minutes