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February 20, 2024
6:00 PM

IN PERSON meeting at 50 Payson Ave., 2ndflr large meeting area and REMOTE by Google Meet

Easthampton, MA 01027
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School Committee

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

During these challenging times, we are committed to bringing transparency and public participation to School Committee meetings. Things may not always go smoothly but we are working with our IT department and Easthampton Media to ensure that we provide the best and clearest access we can during this time. The School Committee Meeting on 2/13/2024 will be conducted in person and remotely via Google meet. Alternatively, you may watch the School Committee meeting live on Charter channel 193. We thank Easthampton Media for presenting these meetings live. If all goes well, the meeting will be recorded and available on Easthampton Media's YouTube channel.

Google Meet Link - School Committee (2/20) Tuesday, February 20 · 6:00 – 9:00pm Time zone: America/New York 

Google Meet joining info Video call link: 

Or dial: (US) +1 208-715-5327 PIN: 236 717 332# More phone numbers:

You will be joined to the call in MUTE mode. Please remain on MUTE until you are recognized by the Chair. The Chair will unmute your microphone to enable you to be heard. The chair will recognize members of the public in the order of their use of the Google Meet raised hand feature. Remember, we will ask you to state your name and the street or address of your residence when you are speaking. As a reminder, the members of the School Committee cannot respond to any comments made during public speak. This is your time to speak on any topic. There will be a 3 minute time limit for those who wish to speak. Thank you for your participation and your patience! As with all School Committee Meetings, once you have spoken you are welcome to stay and observe the meeting, but you will not be able to speak again.

I. Chair Calls Meeting to Order: Mayor LaChapelle ___ Linda Markee ___ Eric Guyette ___ Ben Hersey ___

Sam Hunter ___ Megan Harvey ___ Chair Laura Scott ___

II. Announcements

A. Correspondence

B. Gifts

C. Student Representative Update – McKenzie McCarthy and Piper Baral

III. Public Comment 15 minutes maximum – (chair announces opening and closing of public comment and public has a 3 minute limit per person to speak)

IV. Superintendent Update

A. MVS School Improvement Plan 2023-2024 (vote needed)

B. EHS School Improvement Plan 2023-2024 (vote needed)

C. Multi Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Presentation by Julieanne Levin

D. EHS Program of Studies (vote needed)

V. Business Update

A. Finance Update

B. Personnel Update

VI. School Committee Discussion

A. Policy Subcommittee Update

B. Finance Subcommittee Update - Minutes of 1-23-2024 meeting submitted C. Return of Plaques (3) – WWI/Servicemember/Easthampton Students

VII. Action Items

A. Move to approve the school payroll dated 1/25/2024 in the amount of $589,025.01.

B. Move to approve the accounts payable authorization for payment dated 1/25/2024 in the amount of $291,248.27.

C. Move to approve the school payroll dated 2/8/2024 in the amount of $589,287.26.

D. Move to approve the accounts payable authorization for payment dated 2/8/2024 in the amount of $723,533.04.

E. Move to approve the out of state field trip request for EHS to Virginia/Washington DC for the We The People Finals in April 2024.

D. Move to approve the minutes of the January 23, 2024 regular meeting.

E. Move to approve the minutes of the January 30, 2024 work session.

G. Request to declare cheer mats at EHS surplus.

H. Request for a one-year, unpaid leave of absence for Scott Cavanaugh 2024-2025 school year.

I. Memorandum of Understanding with Children’s Advocacy Center of Hampshire County – Handle With Care Project.

VIII. Next Meeting Dates - 2/13/2024; 3/12/2024; 3/26/2024 (expected Public Hearing on FY25 Budget); 4/9/2024; 4/23/2024; 5/14/2024; 5/28/2024; and 6/11/2024.

IX Executive Session; Executive Session Pursuant to MGL c 30A s 21 (a) (3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares; and (2) to conduct collective bargaining with nonunion personnel Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Committee/Personnel Manager Suzanne Colby.

X Adjourn

The above listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chairperson 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.

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