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 8, 2018
6:30 PM

Arlington High School

School Committee Room

869 Mass Avenue, 6th Floor

Arlington, MA  02476 

6:30 p.m. Call to Order
6:35 p.m. Public Participation
6:45 p.m. GIC update R. Spiegel
6:50 p.m. Superintendent's Proposed FY19 Budget and Discussion
7:40 p.m. Superintendent's Report
  • Building Project Updates 
  • Alternative structured learning
  • School Calendar 2018-2019 Second Reading 

             Vote to Approve School Calendar 2018-2019

8:00 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: #18155, dated 1/25/2018 in the amount of:  $745,063.19
  • Approval of Minutes:  School Committee Regular Meeting January 11, 2018 and January 25, 2018 
  • Approval of Trips:  AHS Nagaokakyo City, Japan July 3 2018-July 15, 2018 
  • Approval of Trips:  UPENN Model Congress Conference 2018 March 22-25, 2018 
8:05 p.m. School Committee Appointment for Rainbow Commission
  • Anna Watson
8:15 p.m. Subcommittee & Liaison Reports & Announcements

·         Budget, Kirsi Allison-Ampe (Chair)

·         Community Relations, Cindy Starks (Chair)

·        District Accountability, Curriculum/Instruction & Assessment, (CIAA)  Paul Schlichtman, (Chair)

·         Facilities, Jennifer Susse (Chair)

·         Policies & Procedures, Len Kardon (Chair)

·         School Enrollment Task Force, Bill Hayner, Cindy Starks, Jeff Thielman

·         Legal Services Review, Bill Hayner, Len Kardon

·         Arlington High School Building Committee Jeff Thielman and Kirsi Allison-Ampe

·         Gibbs Committee, Cindy Starks

·         Liaisons Reports

·         Announcements

·         Future Agenda Items


8:30 p.m. Executive Session
  • Vote to meet in executive session pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A section 21(a), purpose (2), to conduct a strategy session in preparation for negotiations with non personnel.


  • 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 a open meeting may have a detrimental effect.

  • To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations 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.


8:40 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 Jeff Thielman, Chair
Correspondence Received:

Warrant 18155 1/25/2018

Trip approval Japan, July 2018

Trip approval UPenn Model Congress March 2018

Enrollment Numbers Feb 2018

Invite to Farewell Jazz Band, String Orchestra and Madrigal Singers Concert Tour

OMS email Feb 1 2018

MASC Bulletin, January 2018

Alternative structured learning materials 

FY 19 Proposed Superintendent's Budget 

Resume and cover letter Anna Watson 

Skanska AHS project MSBA Module 3 Project Schedule Summary

AHS Budget Information Session notice February 5, 2018 

Bishop security after school email 

Art awards for 2018 

School Calendar 2018-2019

Best School Districts in the Country email 

Commissioner's Weekly Update January 27, 2018 

Educational Visioning Workshop Two, Thursday, February 8, 2018, Agenda

School Committee Chat notes 2/3/2018