Friday, December 19, 2014

Southbridge School Committee Agenda - December 23, 2014


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

DATE: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

TIME: 7:00 PM

*6:30 p.m. Musical Holiday Performance by the 
Southbridge Middle/High School Band*


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-November 25, 2014
               2. Regular School Committee-December 9, 2014
            B. Policy Third Readings/Adoption
               1. Policy BG-Policy Development, Adoption, Implementation and
               2. Policy ADDA-Background Checks (revised)
               3. Policy DJE-Bidding Requirements
            C. Policy First Readings
               1. Policy GCCD-Domestic Violence Leave
               2. Policy BEDH-Public Participation at School Committee
            D. Composition of Budget and Finance Subcommittee
            E. Southern Worcester County Educational Collaborative Annual
                 Report for the 2013-2014 School Year

V. Chairperson’s Announcements

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

VII. Presentations
            A. Outdoor Classroom at SMHS
            B. Southbridge Education Association
               1. Mrs. Maria Murray, President
               2. Mr. Rigo Sanchez, Vice President

VIII. School Committee Actions
            A. Establishment of the Rotary International Interact Club at SMHS
                 for the 2014-2015 School Year
            B. Establishment of the Rotary International Interact Club Advisor
                 at SMHS for the 2014-2015 School Year
            C. Establishment of PBIS Building Coach Stipends for the 2014-2015
                 School  Year at ERS, CSS, WSS and SMHS (4 stipends total)
            D. Approval of a Special Education Educational Assistant for the 2014-2015
                 school year
            E. Appointment of Director of Finance

IX. Unfinished Business

X. New Business
            A. The next regular School Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday,
                 January 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

 XI. Member Forum

 XII. Executive Session
            A. Pursuant to MGL c. 30A, § 21(a)(2), to discuss the Superintendent’s

 XIII. Open Session
             A. Adjournment

Items listed on the agenda are those items anticipated by the Chair that may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items on the agenda may be reached by the Committee, and other items may be added to the agenda at the discretion of the Chair or at the request of the Committee. In addition, the Committee at any time may go into executive session.

*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. Item IV. C. 2 - What does this say now? What are they attempting to do with this policy - guarantee that the public is silenced at future meetings?

  2. Appointment of Finance Director??? If Aaron Osborne is named Director of Finance AND if ALL School Committee members vote yes...the WHOLE committee should be BOOTED!.

    1. Throw The Bumbs OutDecember 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      They should be booted NOW!

    2. Throw The Bumbs OutDecember 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Seriously Folks, this committee should wasting time with policy BS. Create a REAL and SERIOUS search committee for a REAL, long term, superintendent. Not some guy who belongs in a nursing home, or a tyrant with little knowledge ior experience.

      Two and a half years without a permanent superintendent. Really.

    3. Appointment of Finance Director?!?!!?!? gee, was this an advertised position??? What are the qualifications for being a 'school' Director of Finance???? Does our esteemed SC even know??? The criteria is not as simple as balancing a checkbook! Mr Osborne has yet to produce a line item budget - does he know how? Was he having a difficult time because the great & wonderful OZ , eh, I mean Buzz, never let anyone see anything ???

      Are we to assume that Mr Osborne is the annointed one??? gee, will they share his credentials? will he get a raise? does this mean he will no longer be the 'Supervisor of Instruction' ???? and the 'Director of Technology' ?????

      Is anyone else as confused as I am????

  3. Any thoughts on what is implied by the statement that the Executive Session will deal with the Superintendent's contract?

    1. Thoughts? Well...perhaps they will play deja vu (ala July 2012) and give her a 2 year extention...
      But seriously, the 'allegations' made by the staff, that prompted the investigation are quite serious and I find it hard to believe that they were not truthful and/or blown out of proportion. Add to that the most recent snafu of her awarding paid days off to administrative staff @ the Cole Avenue building and then claiming she only did what was done in the past (NOT) -the woman is a pathological lier. I do not see how they can keep her - BUT - she does have a contract - and that needs to be dealt with....will they buy her out??? why not, it's only $$$....keep her??? Oh Lord - can they be that stupid??
      Frankly...I think they are overwhelmed and can't decide what to do..whether she stays or goes - more taxpayer $$$ has been wasted and morale w/in the school system has been damaged.

  4. What happened Tuesday night?

    1. As I heard, from a couple of people that were there, it would seem that the walls are closing in - hmm....maybe there is something to this $$$ thing! Brent & Quinney had temper tantrums directed at a variety of people (they do not like the filming of subcommittee meetings and the endless 'play' of the meetings on Cable Access) especially poor Mike Montigny. I understand Brent was his usual rude and bombastic self when addressing Terry Colognesi - who was there to talk about a Rotary program for the students - but I also understand Terry put him in his place - good for you Terry!!
      The appointment of a Finance Director was tabled till February; and the rumored agenda for the Exec Mtg was to discuss/confirm Ms Gardner's exit package - which we can all expect to be a sweetheart deal - like all the others.
      The meeting was filmed and I am sure that Mike will post it as soon as he can.

  5. Kenny - would it be possible for you to cull through your archives and put together a potpourri of snippets from previous years SC mtgs - featuring the tirades & tantrums of Brent & Quinney BEFORE they were on the other side of the podium. They have forgotten their antics of - I think mostly 2011/2012. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into it.


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