Thursday, January 21, 2016

DESE Board Changes Agenda For January 26 Meeting

The Board of Directors of the DESE has changed the agenda for its January 26 meeting since yesterday.

Previously the agenda called for merely holding a discussion of the possibility of receivership for Southbridge. Any vote on the matter had been planned for February 23rd's meeting.

The agenda item now reads:
  1. Southbridge Public Schools: Commissioner's Recommendation on Level 5 District Status - Discussion and Possible Vote


  1. Stephanie DeMartinoJanuary 23, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    The School Committee also posted their meeting for January 26 to vote on the Superintendent.

    1. It's been on this site since yeaterday.

  2. Stephanie DeMartinoJanuary 23, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    It's heating up in Southbridge!! Must see TV on Tuesday night!

  3. Correct me if I'm wrong.. As I'm sure I am! :)
    With this new agenda.. I don't see a " public input" allowance???

    1. The DESE has never had a set aside for "public input". However, their site does contain the following notice:
      * The Board welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, the Board makes available a maximum 30-minute period at its regular meetings for persons in the audience to address the Board for no longer than 3 minutes. Written material of any length may be submitted. Preference will be given to persons who seek to address the Board on specific agenda items for the upcoming Board meeting. Agendas for upcoming Board meetings are generally posted 5 days prior to the meeting on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's website. Persons wishing to speak are strongly encouraged to submit their request before the day of the meeting; contact information is provided below. Preference will be given to those who submit requests by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the regular Tuesday meeting. If time permits, the chairman will allow members of the public who have not contacted the Department in advance to speak in the public comment period; those individuals must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. The chairman may limit the number of speakers due to time constraints and may increase or reduce the time allocated per speaker. While there is no requirement to submit written testimony, a speaker who elects to do so should submit 15 copies of the testimony prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Board members. Requests to address the Board, written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3107, Fax: 781-338-3770, E-mail:


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