In accordance with the provisions of the Massachusetts General laws, Chapter 30A, Section 20, notice is hereby given for the following meeting of the:

Arlington School Committee
School Committee Regular Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 2020
6:30 PM

Conducted by Remote Participation




6:30 p.m. Open Meeting

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Oct 22, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: School Committee Regular meeting, Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

6:30 p.m. Public Comment

Members of the public are asked to send written comments to: by 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020.  All comments and questions received by the School Committee by the date and time indicated will become part of the packet and public record and will be shared with the full School Committee and administration before the meeting via email.  No written comments will be read at the meeting.


For members of the public who wish to address the Committee on the Zoom call, there will be 30 minutes of public comment. Depending on how many people sign up, time allotments may be reduced but will not exceed three minutes each.  If the number of people who sign up exceeds what can be reasonably done in 30 minutes, the number of speakers will be capped and will be invited to speak based on the timestamp of their email to Ms. Fitzgerald.  If you would like to sign up to speak please email by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020.



6:40 p.m. Fall Opening Update, R. MacNeal
  • Cohort A/B calendar days, J. Morgan 
6:50 p.m. District 2019-2020 Goal Progress, R.MacNeal, and Curriculum Leaders
7:30 p.m. AHS Update from Matt Janger per August 10 motion
  • An update on HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) issues in Arlington High School, including the cost of installing new equipment and other upgrades necessary to make all spaces used as offices, classrooms and gathering spaces in previous school years accessible to students and staff during the current school year,


  • A specific plan for remote instruction in the first semester of the 2020-21 school year that contains:


  • Opportunities for all students to have contact with teachers and staff on the campus of the high school through a variety of means, including some in-person instruction, orientation, and extracurricular programs,


  • A robust system of follow-up with all students, particularly those who do not submit assignments to their teachers on time or otherwise struggle with remote learning, and


  • Other pertinent details of the remote instruction plan. 




8:15 p.m. AHS Mascot update, M. Janger
8:25 p.m. APS Hiring Update, R. Spiegel
8:40 p.m. Homeschooling report, R. MacNeal
8:50 p.m. Enrollment Report versus last year effect Chap 70, M. Mason
9:05 p.m. Monthly Financial Report, M. Mason
9:15 p.m. MASC Delegate Assembly representative
9:20 p.m. Superintendent Search Process Update, P. Schlichtman
9:30 p.m. Superintendent's Report
9:35 p.m. Consent Agenda
All items listed with an asterisk are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the committee so requests, in which event the item will be considered in its normal sequence:

Vote approval of Warrant:  Warrant #21081 Dated 10/13,2020, Total Amount:  $513,286.82

Vote approval of Minutes: None 

9:40 p.m. Subcommittee/Liaison Reports/Announcements
  • Budget, Kirsi Allison-Ampe
  • Community Relations: Bill Hayner, Chair
  • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Accountability, Len Kardon
  • Facilities, Jeff Thielman
  • Policy & Procedures, Paul Schlichtman 
  • Superintendent Search Process, Paul Schlichtman 
  • Arlington High School Building Committee:  Jeff Thielman, (Chair), Kirsi Allison-Ampe

  • Liaisons Reports
  • Announcements
  • Future Agenda Items
9:50 p.m. Executive Session
  • To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with union and/or nonunion personnel or contract negotiations with union and/or nonunion in which if held in an open meeting, may have a detrimental effect.

  • To conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation, in which if held in an open meeting, may have a detrimental effect. Collective bargaining may also be conducted.
  • Traffic Supervisor's MOA 
  • Food Service MOA 
  • To comply with, or act under the authority of, any general or special law or federal grant-in-aid requirements (HIPAA) 


10:00 p.m. Adjournment
The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.
Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.
Submitted by Jane Morgan, Chair
Correspondence Received:

Warrant21081 10 13 2020 

Regular School Committee minutes 9/24/2020 and 10/8/2020 

2019-2020 Curriculum and Instruction District Goals  

Monthly Financial Reporting Packet 10 22, 2020 

Letter to APS Families Re A & B In-Person Days, 10/21/2020

Revision of 2020-2021 School Calendar approved 10 8 2020

North Union Playground email K. Keefe-Perry 10/14/2020 

Traffic Supervisors Joe Marshall email 10/8/2020 

League of Women Voters, October 2020 

The District voluntary COVID-19 testing programing letter to parents 10/13/2020

MASC Delegate forms

Joe Connelly Recreation Director Park and Recreation School Playground use October 16, 2020

Kathleen Bodie School Calendar update 10 16 2020 

Town of Arlington Park and Recreation Commission School playground Use and hours October 16, 2020

COVID-19 Positive Test Results email Sunday October 18, 2020

MOA Cafeteria Workers AFSCME, Local 680 10 8 2020

MOA Traffic Supervisors, AFSCME, Local 680 10 8 2020 

Correspondence Received August-October 2020

Pamela Baldwin

Janine Duffy

Elissa Krakauer Jacobs

Julie DeSander

Lynn Chachkes

Tracy Van Dorpe

Hannah Blitzblau

Lisa hersey

Pamela Baldwin, Andrea Canty, Diane Garner, Amy Hoff, Melina Vanderpile

Janet Sparks

Sharon Lipton

Alex Lancaster

Andrea Canty, Amy Hoff, Pamela Baldwin 

Ian King 

Holly Rossi 

Catherine Slesnick 

Lisa Marshall 

Katia Shtyrkova 

Laura O'Brien 

Brett Lambert 

Tony Siddall 

Eve Manz 

Stephanie Larason 

Hilary Clay 

Brian O'Hagan

Emails from parents regarding School Calendar Update

April Kalix-Cattell and Joe Catell

Sara Viszmeg

Tracy Callahan 


Bailey Snyder

Joselyn Dennis

Rachel Bragin

Heather Breslau

Jennifer Bullock 

Tracy Van Dorpe

Melanie Riccobene Jarboe

Melissa Geddie


Christa Beranek 

Kamila Pomiecinska

Karin Moellering 

Maxie Schmidt

Ian King 

Katrina Vinck Baker 

Amy McCann Antczak 

Amy Hampe 

Emily Holler

Ellen Pfeiffer 

Grant Cook 

Heather Breslau 

Rachel Bragin 

Jason Moreau on safety of our remote schooling technology



Massachusetts law requires all open session meetings of public bodies to be accessible to members of the public, including those with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the meeting, contact the Administrative Assistant to the Arlington School Committee Karen Fitzgerald at in advance of the meeting.