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, February 25, 2021
6:30 PM

Conducted by Remote Participation

Open Meeting
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Feb 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: School Committee Regular Meeting, Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

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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, February 25, 2021. 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, February 25, 2021.

6:40 p.m. Arlington Education Association, AEA contract vote, K. Bodie
6:50 p.m. Arlington Rainbow Rights Commission update, K. Mistler
7:00 p.m. AHS FY 22 Program of Studies, second read and vote to approve, M. Janger, W. McCarthy
7:30 p.m. Suspension and discipline Report, M. Janger, W. McCarthy
7:50 p.m. Athlete pooled testing requirement, K. Bodie, M. Janger
8:05 p.m. Pool testing update and COVID dashboard, K. Bodie and J. Morgan
8:15 p.m. Superintendent's Proposed Budget FY 2022, K. Bodie
8:50 p.m. SLC-C move to Hardy, A. Elmer
9:00 p.m. EDCO Update, K. Bodie
9:15 p.m. Full Return to School Planning, J. Morgan
9:25 p.m. Monthly Financial Report, M. Mason
9:35 p.m. Superintendent's Report, K. Bodie
  • AHS Building Project update
9:40 p.m. Discussion about camera for public comment. P. Schlichtman
9:45 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:

Approval of Warrant:  Warrant # 21179 Dated 2/16/2021, Total Amount $488,565.73

Approval of Minutes: None 

9:50 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 
  • Arlington High School Building Committee:  Jeff Thielman, (Chair), Kirsi Allison-Ampe


  • Liaisons Reports
  • Announcements
  • Future Agenda Items
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.




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:

Warrant 21179 2/16/2021

School Committee none 

Program of Studies updated AHS updated 2 25 2021

Monthly Financials period 7 for 3/11/2021

AHS Discipline Report 2/25/2021 MJ 

EDCO Letter to K. Bodie and J. Morgan Feb 10, 21, Financial Documents

Emily Holler thank you email 2/16/2021

James Brunger to open in person learning 2/15/2021

Melissa Naylor to open in person for kindergarten asap 2/18/21

Ian Record National Congress of American Indians re: AHS mascot 2/19/21

Covid school dashboards document

Town Manager 12 COVID School district dashboards

Lori Schwartz and Colleen Olphert email on Program of Studies

Jeanne Bouhey, Feb 23, 2021 email How to reopen schools 

MASC G. Koocher email regarding in-person learning 2/23/2021

DESE Commissioner email regarding return to school 2/23/2021 

Motion P. Schlichtman engage video camera 

Matt & Laura Tikonoff Support return to in-person 2/23/2021

M. O'Connor email regarding in-person 

Lori Kennedy email express opposition to eliminate honors class. 

Mette Aamodt email regarding full return 2 24 2021 

Jess Fallon email full in-person learning 2 24 2021 

Evan hecker email regarding COVID restrictions 2 24 2021 

Erin Harris Singer Feb 23, 2021  regarding in person learning 

Rachel Ostrow support return to school for K-2 2/23/2021 email 

Beth and Chris Saunders Heterogeneous Courses concerns 2/23/2021 

Kelly and Michael  Mountain email support in person days 2/24/21

Talia Askenazi and Eila Solomon and 8th Grade OMS students petition to take honors classes for English, science, and history.  

Peter Whiting email regarding concern on not offering advanced classes for OMS students attending AHS next year. 2/24/2021

Rachel Dunham email to support in-person class 2/24/2021

Eileen de Rosas email regard Heterogeneous classes for 9th Graders 2/24

Alisa Pascale email question for SC on reopen of schools 2/24/2021

Brett and Michelle Lambert support in person full time spring and fall k-8.

Zac and Devra Dutton email AHS Heterogeneous Proposal email 

Len Kardon proposed motion email 

Sarah Amico email to speak tonight

Stephanie Trinkle email to speak tonight

Betsy Kelder email regarding support in person and rull remote option.

Joy Danison support for heterogeneous courses 

Lucy Hutyra email support  opening schools full time 

Sofia Chiull Lay request for interview with SC members for OMS newspaper

Karen Petho in person learning time email 2/22/2021

Julie Slack Hall email regarding mental health issue on our children-covid

Maura McCarthy email return students back to school 2 25/2021


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.