10-12-22 Meeting Summary Notes

Posted by MSC on 10/14/2022 5:30:00 PM


Wednesday October 12, 2022 – 7:00 P.M., High School Library


Meeting Summary Notes 10/12/22

Agenda Item


7:00 PM

A. Call to Order

B. Enter into Executive Session to conduct strategy relative to collective bargaining with the Masconomet Teachers Association (Executive Session Purpose #3). The Chair has determined that holding this discussion in Open Session may have a detrimental impact on the District’s Bargaining Position. The Committee will return to open session after the conclusion of the Executive Session.


7:15 PM

C. Remarks from the Chair – T. Cooper

  • No remarks


7:20 PM

D. Comments from the Audience (Comments will only be taken from members of the Audience who are physically present at the meeting).

  • No public comments


7:30 PM

E. Vote to Appoint School Committee Vice-Chair

  • Thank you to Boxford reps for interviewing 7 candidates; congrats to Christine Bolzan for joining the SC this year to fill Terri Teleen’s open seat.

  • C. Miller made motion to appoint Melissa Ogden as Vice Chair; SC approved


7:40 PM

F. Student Advisory Board Report

  • student council interviews start tomorrow; approximately 350 students attended Homecoming this year


7:45 PM

G. Youth Risk Behavior Survey Presentation and Student Services Report

1. 2022 YRBS HS Report



2. 2022 YRBS HS Crosstabs Addendum



3. 2022 YRBS MS Report



4. 2022 YRBS MS Crosstabs Addendum 


  • Presentation to review key points/results/trends from survey of middle and high school students

5. Student Services Presentation


  • Strategic Action Plan: Comprehensive Mental Health System presented

    • Goal: to build Tier 1 & 2 supports to reach all students who need mental health interventions, along with identified students in Tier 3, grounded in CASEL model

    • Prevention focused approach

    • “All hands on deck;” early feedback from presenters is that this new initiative has been supported and there is buy-in among admin and staff so far

8:15 PM

H. Approve 5-Year Transportation Procurement Term

  • A majority vote needed for procurement of new 5 year bus contract; SC approved


8:20 PM

I. Superintendent’s Report:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/16y1ZFu6cH-bjjR1SkzPhrZADB9tHRVg5/view?usp=sharing

  • Update on Strategic Planning purpose and process provided (14 month engagement); November 2023 - process will be completed.

  • Update on Pilot Schedule: survey will be given last week in October 2022 to students and faculty; decision for 2023-2024 year will be made by February 2023.

  • Update on PD: three 10 week sessions are being provided to staff on following topics: Social Emotional Learning, Curriculum & Development, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Students took PSATs today (gr. 10 &11); grade 9 and 12 students provided alternative activities centered around inclusion, overcoming adversity, perseverance, class bonding, and post secondary topics

  • This weekend, Chicago, the fall musical will take place; buying tickets in advance highly recommended

  • Tri Town Council, sponsoring What is Play (through Peter Gray from Boston College) on 10/20/22, and Chasing Childhood (movie relates to increasing levels of anxiety and depression and free play movement) on 11/3/22.

  • Covid clinics will be provided; more info in Superintendent’s blog

  • Review of upcoming events; see Superintendent’s blog


8:30 PM

J. Finalize School Committee Goals https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_ka0yZeImPbVa43chB1qxvcL3KvHI-ef/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=113323593184293228078&rtpof=true&sd=true 

  • Reviewed SC goals proposed, followed by group discussion

  • Item #1: add language to 3rd bullet “Determine accountability methods to evaluate/measure growth of students in a systematic manner to drive SC decision making

  • Item #2: add language to 5th bullet “Liaison to work with towns regarding towns regarding periodic updates and budget/capital plan, ensuring no surprises”

  • Added to Item #2: “Support the Superintendent and ELT in the development & completion of a Strategic Plan and Capital Plan”

  • Added to Item #3: evaluate SC progress toward meeting these goals


9:00 PM

K. Vote to Approve Side Letters with Masconomet Teachers Association

a. Stipended Positions

b. Class coverage compensation

  • Dr. Harvey explained the purpose of adding these items to teacher contract; SC approved both items


9:05 PM

L. Subcommittee Reports

a. Community Relations– P. Bernheart - next mtg TBD in next couple of weeks

b. Budget – 

c. Anti-Racism – W. Hodges - Christine B (new SC member) to join; next mtg TBD

d. Policy – M. Ogden - Mtg on 10/21/22 to review Section J

e. Negotiations – T. Cooper

Task Force will be developed around Turf Project; 1st mtg next Wednesday 10/19/22

f. Liaison Updates - none noted


9:15 PM

M. Consent Agenda

a. Approval of September 7 and 21st Meeting Minutes

b. Warrants $2,980,001.99 (20) signed since September 07, 2022

c. Accept $250.00 check from the Boxford Historical Society for the Art Department


9:20 PM

N. Enter into Executive Session to conduct strategy relative to bargaining with non-union personnel (Superintendent Harvey) (Executive Session Purpose #2). The Chair has determined that holding this discussion in Open Session may have a detrimental impact on the District’s Bargaining Position. The Committee will not return to open session after the conclusion of the Executive Session.