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, December 10, 2020
6:30 PM

Conducted by Remote Participation




6:30 p.m. Open Meeting
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6:30 p.m. Public Comment

Members of the public are asked to send written comments to: by 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 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, December 10, 2020.



6:45 p.m. Menotomy Hunter image retirement, L. Baldwin
7:00 p.m. Enrollment Projections, M. Mason
7:10 p.m. Fiscal Year 2022 AHS, OMS, Gibbs Budget needs
7:40 p.m. Fiscal Year 2022 AEA Budget priorities, J. Fernandes
7:50 p.m. AHS hybrid options discussion, K. Bodie, M. Janger
8:20 p.m. Jason Russell House CPA application support, J. Morgan
8:25 p.m. Vote approval of 2020-2021 Budget Calendar, K. Allison-Ampe
8:30 p.m. Election Modernization Committee, J. Morgan
8:35 p.m. End of Year 2020 Report, M. Mason
8:45 p.m. Superintendent's Report. K. Bodie
  • AHS Building Update
9:05 p.m. Vote amendment and Contract of Michael Mason, CFO
9:15 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:21107 Warrant #  Dated 11/10/2020, Total Amount:  $ 751,9210.42

Vote approval of Warrant:  Warrant # 21113  Dated 11/24/2020, Total Amount  $ 714070.20

Vote approval of Warrant:  Warrant # 21130, Dated 12/8/2020, Total Amount $386,657.59

Vote approval of Minutes:  September 24, 2020, October 8, 2020, and October 22, 2020 Regular Minutes 

Vote to approve Kathleen Bodie as Arlington Representative for EDCO Board of Directors for 2020-2021 

9:25 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
9:40 p.m. Executive Session


  • To enter into Executive Session to pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws chapter 30A, section 21(a), purpose (2) to discuss strategy in preparation for negotiations of an employment agreement with nonunion personnel specifically Dr. Homan. 


  • To discuss pending litigation - McLaughlin v. DESE 


  • 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..
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:

Warrants   21107 11 10/2020, 21113 11/24/2020, 21130 12/8/2020 

Regular School Committee minutes 9/24/2020, 10/8/2020/ 10/22/2020

Proposal to retire Menotomy hunter image 

OMS Budget requests for FY 22 

Gibbs Budget requests for FY 22

AHS Budget requests for FY 22 

Motion for tonight KAA 

Updated Enrollment projections MM 12 10 2020

AEA Budget priorities for secondary FY 22 

Questions for Community Stakeholders Survey

Enrollment Counts by Grade Level 12/9/2020 KT

October 1, 2020 Enrollment SIMS report numbers

Michael Mason Contract 

Dr. Elizabeth Homan contract

Listening Session on AHS Semester 2 options, CIAA Dec 7, 2020

MJanger slide deck 

Summons McLaughlin vs DESE 

COVID Dashboard Brookline schools 

Dr. Bodie email 12/4/2020 COVID-19 cases

Dr. Bodie email Update COVID-19 Cases Over Thanksgiving Week 

Hybrid High School Pete Gast 

Melinda Mesmer Semester two email 

Dr. Bodie email COVID-19 Case at Gibbs 

Anti-Racism Working Group newsletter link from M. Janger 

M. Janger teacher feedback 

Janice Bakey Supt Hiring email 

M. Janger parent feedback 

October 1, 2020 Enrollment 

School Committee selects Dr. Elizabeth Homan as next Superintendent 


Eileen Hirsch in person learning feedback 11/18/2020

Geoff Freed AHS semester 2 feedback and survey concerns 11/27/2020

Betsy Cameron survey concerns 11/23/2020

Carrie Finison survey thoughts 11/23/2020

Caitlin Lauchlan letter to SC regarding AHS semester 2 11/24/2020

APS Families Positive COVID-19 case email 11/23/2020

Lisa Szturma email to speak at meeting 11/24/2020 

Lisa Robinson email to speak at meeting 11/24/2020 

Ann Skoczenski AHS 2 semester survey and plans email 11/24/2020

Newtons high schools link from KAA 11/24/2020 

Pamela Baldwin 11/24/2020 email regarding AHS plan 

June Rutkowski 11/24/2020 email AHS plans and survey would like parent forum 

Lisa Robinson email on AHS plans and survey on semester 2 11 24 2020

Liz F comments for 11/24/2020 meetings and survey concerns 

June Rutkowski AHS plans and survey 11/24/2020 

Jennifer Weintraub AHS plans choices 11/29/2020 

Ian Goodsell email on AHS models 11/29/2020

Family Fall survey sent out 11/16/2020 

FY 2020 End of Year Report MMason

Sharon Racial Equity Alliance email to School Committee 

Mikel Satcher Concerns about the interview process 11/16/2020

Marty Rodgers email regarding a teacher's view of Liz Homan 11/15/2020

Kate Cubeta email support of Supt Greer 11/16/2020 

Office of the School Committee notice 11/25/2020 selected Dr. Homan 

Janna Stephan Moreau supt selection process 11/29/2020 

CPA Funding

FY 2022 Preliminary Application Jason Russell House 

Additional correspondence 

Steve and Maura AHS presentation and survey 11/23/2020 

Carrie Finison AHS Survey thoughts 11/23/2020

Arlington Public Schools Visual Art Department examples

LABBB at Minuteman email 

Budget Calendar 2020-2021

Jason Russell CPA 

Sad news on the death of APS alumni Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Ghabour, An AHS graduate in a helicopter crash in egypt Marwan Chat

League of Women Voters November/December 2020 Newsletter 

COVID-19 Cases and Town of Arlington Testing Pilot  Dec 8, 2020

Letter to Athletic Director asking for fee structure for hockey payment. 12/4/2020

AEA FY22 Budget priorities secondary J. Keys and J. Fernandes

MLK letter to School Committee members - Supt search 

Vaccine presentation Gov. Baker 12092020

Matthew Cincotta letter to School Committee 

Ann Skoczenski Letter to SC 12 9 2020 

Superintendent's Diversity Advisory Committee letter 12 10 2020 

Lianna Bessette letter to School Committee 

Justin Bourassa letter to School Committee

Janna Stephan Moreau email

Jennifer Weintraub email

Spencer Harlow/ Patty Miranda Harlow email

Elizabeth and Ian Goodsell email

Scott Stelter email AHS 

Mikel Satcher, letter # 2 12 10 2020


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.