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, May 12, 2022
6:30 PM

IConducted by Remote Participation via Zoom link below:


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

Members of the public are asked to send written comments to: 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 by 12:00 p.m. Thursday, the date of the meeting.

6:35 p.m. AHS Student Representative(s) to School Committee (M. Carmody)
6:40 p.m. After School Programming Report, Policy KFD (E. Homan, M. Mason)
6:55 p.m. AEA Resolution on Fair Share Amendment (J. Keyes)
7:05 p.m. Approval of Job Description - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist (R. Spiegel)
7:15 p.m. Superintendent's Report (E. Homan)

Update on Administrative Hiring Searches

Update on Competitive Grants Awarded

Monthly Update on Enrollments/Class Sizes

7:30 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 #22242, May 3, 2022, $567,010.50

*Regular Meeting Minutes, April 28, 2022

*Approval of the Ida Robbins Scholarship for 2022.  Presented to the top two AHS students with the highest GPA.

*Approval of the E. Nelson Blake Book Award given to the top 12 students with the highest GPA.  AHS Awards Night will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.

7:35 p.m. Subcommittee/Liaison Reports/Announcements
  • 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


  • Liaison Reports
  • Announcements
  • Future Agenda Items
7:40 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/AAA Negotiations
  • Executive Session Minutes from April 28, 2022
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 to SC from R. Spiegel, RE: Wellness Director Finalist Meetings with Teachers, 4/29/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Slight adjustment of plans, 5/1/2022

Email to SC from D. Crowe, RE: Invite to School Nurse Day Recognition, 5/2/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: FYI/Gibbs, 5/3/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: FYI/AHS, 5/4/2022

Email to SC from L. Exton, RE: Heterogeneous Grouping Proposal, 5/4/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Dallin COVID update, 5/5/2022

Email to E. Diggins from B. Dixon, RE: Arlington After School Help, 5/5/2022

USMail to L. Exton from League of Women Voters, 5/9/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: SC update 5/8/22, 5/8/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: another FYI Bishop, 5/9/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: FYI re: earlier start time, 5/9/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Masking up at AHS, 5/10/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Masking at Ottoson, 5/10/2022

Email to SC from C. Marsh, RE: DEI Job Description, 5/12/2022


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