ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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, April 14, 2022
6:30 PM

 

A hybrid meeting Conducted by Remote Participation https://www.mass.gov/doc/order-suspending-certain-provision-of-open-meeting-law/download via Zoom link below, in person at Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th Floor, Arlington, MA or via your local ACMI channel.

 

When: Apr 14, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Arlington School Committee Regular Meeting

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6:30 p.m. Open Meeting (L. Exton)
6:35 p.m. Public Comment

Members of the public are asked to send written comments to:

ediggins@arlington.k12.ma.us by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, the date of the meeting.  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 ediggins@arlington.k12.ma.us by 12:00 p.m. Thursday, the date of the meeting.

 

6:40 p.m. AHS Student Representative(s) to School Committee (A. Chelariu)
6:45 p.m. 2022 Virtual Influencer Award and Highlights from the K-12 Library Programs This Year (R. MacNeal)
7:00 p.m. Possible Vote of Heterogeneous Grouping Initiative Proposal (E. Homan)
  • HGI School Committee, April 14
  • HGI Letter and Proposal
  • Sample Survey
7:25 p.m. Appointment and Approval of Contract for A. Elmer as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services (E. Homan)
7:30 p.m. Superintendent's Report (E. Homan)
  • Update on Administrative Hiring Searches
  • Update on Competitive Grants Awarded
  • Monthly Update on Enrollments/Class Sizes
  • APS K-5 Literacy Program Presentation for SEPAC 
  • National History Teacher of the Year Award
7:45 p.m. Consent Agenda (L. Exton)
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 # 22220, Dated 4/5/2022, Amount $809,834.15

*School Committee Regular Meeting Minutes, March 31, 2022

 

8:05 p.m . POLICY Second Read and Vote on Policies: BDA, BEDB, BID, AC, AC-R, JICK (P. Schlichtman)
  • BDA - SCHOOL COMMITTEE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
  • BEDB - AGENDA FORMAT/PREPARATION AND DISSEMINATION 
  • BID -  SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER COMPENSATION
  • AC -  NONDISCRIMINATION
  • AC-R - NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY INCLUDING HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION
  • JICK - HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
8:15 p.m. Subcommittee/Liaison Reports/Announcements (L. Exton)
  • Budget – Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Chair
  • Community Relations – Bill Hayner, Chair
  • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Accountability – Jane Morgan, Chair
  • Facilities – Jeff Thielman, Chair
  • Policy & Procedures – Paul Schlichtman, Chair
  • Arlington High School Building Committee, Jeff Thielman, Chair
  • Superintendent Evaluation – Len Kardon, Chair

 

  • Liaison Reports
  • Announcements
  • Future Agenda Items
8:20 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
  • AEA and/or AAA - Negotiations Update
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 Liz Exton, Chair
Correspondence Received

Email from R. Soneja to SC, RE: 3/31/2022 Public Comment Remarks, 3/31/2022

Email from E. Homan to SC, RE: Friday updates, 4/1/2022

Email from K. Fitzgerald to SC, RE: Motion for School Committee made by the AHS Building Committee - Brian Rehrig, 4/1/2022

Email to SC from L. Saylor, RE: amount of screen use, 4/2/2022

Email to SC from N. Fontenot, RE: Vote No on Heterogeneous Classes, 4/3/2022

Email from E. Homan to SC, RE: tragic news, 4/3/2022

Email from E. Homan to SC, RE: sad news, 4/4/2022

Email to SC from N. Chew, RE: Heterogeneous Feedback, 4/5/2022

Email to SC from K. Van Winkle, RE: Vaccinations, 4/6/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Two FYIs, 4/8/2022

Email to SC from M. Stein, RE: Support for Heterogeneous Grade 9 ELA Pilot Proposal, 4/8/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Brief Update, 4/10/22

Email to SC from C. Lau, RE: Heterogenous Honors Class, 4/10/2022

Email to SC from J. Zellmer, RE: Heterogeneous classroom vote, Thursday 14 April, 4/10/2022

Email to SC from O. Cohen, RE: Feedback on heterogeneous classes, 4/10/2022

Email to SC from H. McGill, RE:  Letter in Support of Heterogeneous Grouping Initiative in 9th Grade, 4/11/2022

Email to SC from R. Turkington, RE: Support of the Heterogeneous Pilot in 9th Grade, 4/11/2022

Email to SC from A. Delmolino, RE: 9th Grade ELA Heterogeneous Classes Pilot, 4/11/2022

Email to SC from T. Scatterday, 9th Grade ELA Heterogeneous Classes Pilot, 4/11/2022

Email to SC from N. Roop, RE: Support of ELA Heterogeneous Pilot, 4/11/2022

Email to SC from L. Steinbring, RE: Support of ELA Heterogeneous Pilot, 4/11/2022

Email to SC from K. Hecker, RE: Support of ELA Heterogeneous Pilot, 4/11/2022

Email to SC from K. Hale, RE: Support of Heterogeneous Classes Pilot, 4/12/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Presentation to SEPAC, 4/12/2022

Email to SC from from L. Reisberg, RE: Email - Tracking? Really?, 4/12/2022

Email to SC from G. Swanger, RE: In Support of Heterogeneous Groupings, 4/12/2022

Email to SC from N. Roop, RE: Article Suggestion (Support of ELA Pilot), 4/12/2022

Email to SC from A. Rosenberg, RE: Public Comment for School Committee Meeting on 4/14/2022

Email to SC from A. Rogers, RE: 9th Grade ELA Heterogeneous Classes Pilot on 4/13/2022.

Email to SC from AHS English Department, RE: HGI Letter to School Committee, 4/13/2022

Email to SC from K. McDermott, RE: In support of Heterogeneous ELA Groups, 4/13/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: FYI, April 13, 2022

Email to SC from M. Padukkavidana, RE: Letter in support of the 9th grade ELA heterogeneous classes pilot, 4/13/2022

Letter to SC from L. Pacheco, AHS Heterogeneous Grouping Initiative, 4/13/2022

Letter to SC from S/P Harlow, RE:  In support of heterogeneous 9th grade ELA, 4/13/2022

Letter to SC from A. Harlow, RE: Heterogenous Proposal Initiative, 4/14/2022

Letter to SC from C. Abbott, H. Penske, et. al., RE: Support for the Heterogeneous Grouping Initiative, 4/14/2022

Letter to SC from SEPAC, RE: Arlington SEPAC's Position on Heterogeneous Groupings, 4/14/2022

Letter to SC from S. Elkin, RE: Letter of concern regarding heterogeneous grouping initiative, 4/14/2022

Letter to SC from R. Nichols, RE: support for the Heterogeneous Grouping Initiative, 4/14/2022

Letter to SC from K. Gold, RE: Heterogeneous grouping initiative and my remarks, 4/14/2022

Letter to SC from M. Bransford, RE: Letter in Support of ELA Heterogenous Pilot, 4/14/2022

Letter to SC from M. Credle Thomas, RE: Heterogeneous Class Support, 4/14/2022

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 ediggins@arlington.k12.ma.us.