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 14, 2021
6:30 PM via Zoom link below


You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Oct 14, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: School Committee Regular Meeting

Register in advance for this webinar:

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

6:30 p.m. Open Meeting (B. Hayner)
Public Comment

Members of the public are asked to send written comments to: by 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 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. Diggins.  If you would like to sign up to speak please email by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021.



6:35 p.m. Semi-Finalist for Teacher of the Year (E. Homan)
Sarah Marie Jette

6:40 p.m. AHS Student Representatives to School Committee (E. Homan)
  • Megan Carmody, Class of 2023
  • Amy Chelariu, Class of 2024
6:45 p.m. Hiring Update (Rob Spiegel)
  • Staffing Update
  • Diversity Presentation
  • New Employees
6:50 p.m. State Outcomes and Accountability Report (R. MacNeal)

-State Outcomes and Accountability Report

-MCAS Press Release

7:00 p.m. Thompson School Improvement Plan (K. Donato)
7:15 p.m. Bishop School Improvement Plan (M. McAneny)
7:30 p.m. Buffer Zone Report (E. Homan)
7:35 p.m. Superintendent's Report (E.Homan)
  • Update on Administrative Hiring Searches
  • Update on Competitive Grants Awarded
  • Monthly Update on Enrollments/Class Sizes
7:50 p.m. Revised Handbooks - Second Read (R. MacNeal)

·  2021-2022 DRAFT Elementary Handbook

·  2021-2022 DRAFT Gibbs Handbook

·  2021-2022 DRAFT Ottoson Student Handbook

·  2021-2022 DRAFT Arlington High School Student Handbook

8:05 p.m. Policy EBC Supplemental and Amendment - Second Read (R. Schlichtman)
8:15 p.m. Consent Agenda (B. Hayner)
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:


*Warrant #22064 dated 9/28/21, $757,798.06

*Warrant #22078 dated 10/12/21, $407,774.47

8:20 p.m. Subcommittee/Liaison Reports/Announcements
  • Budget – Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Chair
  • Community Relations – Liz Exton, Chair
  • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Accountability – Len Kardon, Chair
  • Facilities – Jeff Thielman, Chair
  • Policy & Procedures – Paul Schlichtman, Chair
  • Arlington High School Building Committee, Jeff Thielman, Chair


  • Liaison Reports
  • Announcements
  • Future Agenda Items
8:30 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 Bill Hayner, Chair
Correspondence Received

Email to SC from Kelly Lynema, RE: Housing Plan and Open Space and Recreation Plan Update, 9-24-21

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE:  email from C.S., RE: student at AHS, 9-24-21.

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Weekly Update, 9-27-21

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Extension of Mask Mandate and Details on Vaccine Threshold.

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Hardy Update, Protocol/contact tracing, 9/28/21

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Pooled Test Results for Hardy, 9/30/21

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Racist Graffiti in Ottoson Bathrooms, 10/2/21

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE:Disciplinary Situation at Ottoson, 10/4/21

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Weekly Update, 10/4/21

Email to SC from B. Hayner, RE: new students reps, 10/4/21

Email to SC from J. Garber, RE: Ottoson Middle School, 10/13/21


Warrant #22064, 9/28/21, $757,798.06

Warrant #22078, 10/12/21, $407,774.47


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 Liz Diggins at