Friday, November 21, 2014

Southbridge School Committee Agenda - November 25, 2014

Southbridge School Committee Meeting

LOCATION: Robert G. MacKinnon Council Chambers, 41 Elm Street

DATE: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

*6:30 p.m. Parent/Student Reception for MCAS Awards*

TIME: 7:00 PM


I. Welcome and Pledge of Allegiance

II. Public Input*

III. Call to Order/Roll Call

IV. Approval of Consent Agenda
            A. Meeting Minutes
                 1. Regular School Committee-October 28, 2014
                 2. Regular School Committee-November 12, 2014
                 3. Committee of the Whole-November 5, 2014
            B. Policy First Readings
                 1. Policy BG-Policy Development, Adoption, Implementation and
                 2. Policy ADDA-Background Checks (revised)
                 3. Policy DJE-Bidding Requirements
            C. Designation of Obsolete Desktop Computers as Salvage for the Purpose of
                 Disposal through Recycling

V. Chairperson’s Announcements

VI. Reports
            A. Representative of the Student Advisory Committee, C. Boisvert
            B. School Committee
                 1. Curriculum Subcommittee
                 2. Superintendent Evaluation Ad Hoc Commitee
                 3. Negotiations Subcommittee
                 4. Sped PAC Liaison
                 5. Policy Subcommittee
            C. Finance Director
            D. Superintendent

VII. Presentations
            A. Student MCAS Awards

VIII. School Committee Actions

IX. Unfinished Business
            A. Operating Budget Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2016
            B. Structure and Content of Superintendent Report to School Committee

X. New Business
            A. The next regular School Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday,
                 December 9, 2014, at 7:00p.m. in Council Chambers.

 XI. Member Forum

XI. Executive Session

XII. Open Session
             A. Adjournment

*School Committee Policy BEDH (October 2007), provides guidelines for public participation at School Committee meetings: “At the discretion of the chair, topics for discussion may be limited to those items listed on the School Committee meeting agenda for that evening; Improper conduct and remarks will not be allowed, and the chairman may terminate that individual’s privilege of address; All remarks will be addressed through the chairman of the meeting; The Committee will not hear complaints about school personnel nor against any member of the school community in public session.”


  1. Apparently the Committee thinks that citing Policy BEDH solves the problem that arose with Sarai McNeill's presentation at the last meeting.

    No matter how they want to parse their language, there is no meeting until it is called to order. The agenda is clear, the call to order comes subsequent to Public Input. Therefore policy BEDH does not apply.

  2. Observe Your Own RulesNovember 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    The Committee should heed the words of its former Chairman Patty Woodruff. " For your information and anyone else reading this comment Ken is correct. The School Committee removed Public Input from being part of the meeting to outside the meeting so people could say whatever they choose."

    Clearly this committee's leadership has made every effort to shut out the public. The reckoning for them will come at the polls in June.

    1. The entirety of Ms. Woodruff’s comment can be seen here.

  3. Transparency Gang ???November 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    The McLoughlin/Donovan "Transparency Gang" is at work again. No one I talk to admits to voting for them, but here we are. They don't want anyone to know what, or what they are not doing.

  4. Fact: If a policy has no statutory basis, you can't enforce it outside the confines of a meeting.
    Fact: There is no statutory basis for this policy and public input takes place before the meeting is called to order.
    Fact: This School Committee violates the law, policy and common sense whenever it suits them.

  5. Why is SPED PAC given the status of being reported as though it is a subcommittee? Why not the PTA or other groups? It's one thing to attend to the needs of an interest group as one among many. It's quite another to elevate one group above all others.

    1. Excellent point Lauren. We spend way too much time and money on a small segment of the student body.

      Quinney got this through for her vote when McLoughlin and Donovan over threw Woodruff and Prencipe.

      It had really made the system so much better! Lol

    2. I agree. If the speddies want to come make a presentation every month or every quarter, fine. But this presence as a voice on the committee is just plain wrong. Why not the booster club, or the National Honor Society or the ESL communities?

    3. To "No Doubt" If the groups you mentioned want to be heard, then they need to get an advocate on the school committee. Of course, that committee member will have to pledge allegiance to Queen Lauren.

      Personally I love having Quinney speak. She is so dumb it reminds me why I wouldn't want to sit at a meeting with here ever in my lifetime. She used to go to the podium and rant about Scott Lazo's remarks. At least Lazo had command of the English language and usually made relative sense. Not so much from Quinney, but she is Queen Lauren's lap dog, so we get the biweekly dose of dumbness. Coupled with Dame Kara's tears, it's quite the show. Dr. Page must cringe on meeting nights.

    4. There can be little doubt that this School Committee has become dominated by the spedophiles at the expense of mainstream students.

    5. The Sped PAC is a state mandated group, if the district does not have a Sped PAC it will be out of compliance. The PTA has Olivo to be their bitch and make their announcements. When Congdon was PTA president she would make PTA announcement at every meeting during the public input. Other groups can simply ask to be place on the agenda if they wish to make a presentation or go make announcements on their own during the public input. No one over threw Prencipe, she didn't seek re-election. Woodruff is just a quitter!!! As far as spending too much time and money on a small segment of the student body English Language Learner 12.7%, Students w/Disabilities 18.9%, and First Language Not English 23.4% these so call small segments of students account for approximately 55% of the student body. (

    6. It's clear;
      Can you be anymore an ass? Spedophiles? Really you jack ass!!!

    7. The point isn't whether the SPED PAC is state mandated or not. The point is whether it should be accorded special status equivalent to a subcommittee of the school committee.

  6. Public Input was not designed to be limited to the agenda items.. It was placed on the agenda to give residents an opportunity to bring issues to the School Committee. Many residents (including the current chair/vice chair and other members of the current committee) have addressed the School Committee regarding their displeasure on actions that the school committee had undertaken in the past. As a prior chairman of the committee I have had to sit there and listened to their concerns and complaints. I always tried to give them the respect that they deserve and a platform for them to address the good and the bad.
    We may not have always liked or agreed with what was said, but they had a right to address the committee. One who addresses the committee should be careful on complaints about staff and personnel and should follow the appropriate protocol within the open meeting law parameters. Just my thoughts folks


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