Minutes of the
Monson School Committee
Regular Business Meeting
July 29, 2020
“Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this meeting of the Town of Monson School Committee will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting can be found on the Town of Monson website, at www.monson-ma.gov. For this meeting, members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting may do so in the following manner: https://zoom.us/j/9629312170 Meeting ID: 962 9312 1701, no in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the Town of Monson’s website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.
Present: Chair Jeffrey Lord; Vice Chair Emily-Graves-Harrison; Secretary Andy Dubois-White; Committee Members; Colleen Flynn and Kathryn Peterson
Also Present: Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Clarke; Director of Student Services/Early Childhood Center Suzanne Morneau; Business and Finance Officer Michelle Loglisci; Granite Valley School Principal Katherine Watts; Monson High School Principal William Metzger; Director of Counseling Robert Bardwell; Monson High School Assistant Principal Jill Foulis; Early Childhood Center Dean of Students/Special Education Coordinator Colette Bidus; Monson Teachers’ Association President Leah Zippin and Recording Secretary Karen Methe
Note: This meeting was recorded using Zoom technology.
Mr. Lord called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
Mr. Lord read the Mission & Vision Statements.
Continuation/Update of Fall Re-entry Plan:
Dr. Clarke presented and discussed updates to the fall re-entry plan. She talked about work done since the last meeting, which included a Family Communication and Survey for each school. She gave district results, individual school results and food service survey results.
Based on results of these surveys, Dr. Clarke is proposing the following re-opening plan choices:
Quarry Hill Community School/ECC- Fully remote and fully in-person.
Granite Valley School – Fully remote and fully in-person.
Monson High School – Fully remote and Hybrid
Discussion was held surrounding remote learning platforms and staff that will be coming into the building to teach.
Next steps will include continued Administrative Leadership Team (ALT) meetings, a meeting with union representation, additional Superintendent Zoom sessions with families, and staff updates via Zoom.
At the August 5, 2020 meeting 3 detailed models will be presented for School Committee vote. A comprehensive plan will be submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) on August 10, 2020. Final choices by families will follow.
Dr. Clarke reviewed another revised 2020-2021 school calendar based on updated information from the Commissioner of Education.