Vision Statement
The Vision of the Arlington Public Schools is to be an equitable educational community where all learners feel a sense of belonging, experience growth and joy, and are empowered to shape their own futures and contribute to a better world.
Mission Statement
The Arlington Public Schools focuses on the whole child to create inclusive and innovative learning opportunities for all students, values diverse identities and ways of learning, prepares all staff to maintain high expectations while providing necessary supports, and sustains collaborative partnerships with families and the community.
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, September 22, 2022
6:30 PM

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Arlington High School

869 Massachusetts Avenue

School Committee Room

6th Floor

Arlington, MA   02476





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

For members of the public who wish to address the Committee, there will be 30 minutes of public comment. If you would like to sign up to speak, either remotely via Zoom or in-person, you must email by 3:00 p.m. Thursday, the date of the meeting. 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 may be capped or speaking times may be reduced at the discretion of the Chair. All requests to speak received after the date and time indicated, will be invited to speak at the next School Committee Regular Meeting.

6:35 p.m. AHS Student Representative(s) to School Committee

-Amy Chelariu

-Tamaki Sugihara

-Mo Hagenbuch

6:50 p.m. Meet New Administrative Hires (E Homan)

Amy Benjamin - Special Education Coordinator

Amy Forsythe - Special Education Coordinator

Eileen Woods - Brackett Co-Assistant Principal

Jennifer Lynn Rich - Brackett Co-Assistant Principal

Jing-Huey Wei - Director of Performing Arts

Kaitlin Moran - Director of Social Studies

Kim Visco - Director of Wellness

Leo Muellner - Director of Visual Arts

Michelle Crawford - Ottoson Assistant Principal

Taylor O'Brien - Stratton Assistant Principal


7:00 p.m. Equity Audit Report (M. C-Thomas)
7:20 p.m. Possible Vote on AHS Start of 2023-2024 Year
Moved that the School Committee endorses an academic calendar and schedule for the 2023-24 school year in which Arlington High School opens with a traditional, full-day schedule on September 5, 2023, with all students attending full days of school while Phase II of the high school building project is completed.  Further, it is moved that the Arlington School Committee respectfully requests that the Arlington High School Building Committee take all necessary actions to ensure that the facility can accommodate the opening schedule described above, including, if necessary, utilizing contingency funds and shifting the construction schedule to allow student and staff use of Fusco House and the Blue Gym during September of 2023.
7:30 p.m. Handbooks
  • Discussion and Possible Vote to Approve AHS Handbook
  • Elementary, Gibbs and Ottoson Handbooks for discussion and informational purposes.
7:45 p.m. Financial Report (M. Mason)
-Includes Update on FY23
7:55 p.m. Superintendent's Report (E. Homan)
  • Enrollment
  • Strategic Plan Update
  • Calendar Update
8:10 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:
*Warrant #23056, September 20, 2022, $515,178.78
8:15 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
  • Superintendent Evaluation – Len Kardon, Chair


  • Liaison Reports
  • Announcements
  • Future Agenda Items


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 M. Mason, RE: Stipends, 9/8/22

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: COVID Dashboard, 9/12/2022

Email to E. Homan from M. Fancher, RE: Ottoson Busing, 9/12/2022

Email to J.Thielman from A. Pompili, RE: Alan Hovhaness supporting letter, 8/10/22

Email to E. Homan from P. Sloboda, RE: Parent feedback on Student commute from East Arlington to Ottoson, 9/15/2022

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Materials for 9/22/2022 SC Meeting, 9/18/2022.

Email to SC from E. Homan, RE: Calendar Adjustment, 9/22/22.



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