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April 10, 2019
7:00 PM
Mohawk Trail Regional School, Superintendent's Con
24 Ashfield Road

Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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Mohawk Trail Regional School District School Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

I. Call meeting to order
II. Chair’s Opening Remarks
III. Staff Presentation:
Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Guest
IV. Presentation/Citizen Comment:
Susan Canning from the KEVS Foundation—AED Donation
V. Approve minutes of the meetings of March 13 and March 25, 2019
VI. School Reports
1. Principals’ Reports
2. Director of Pupil Personnel Services Report
3. Curriculum Director Report
VII. Subcommittee Reports – included in packets
VIII. Communications Specialist’s Report
IX. Superintendent’s Report:
A. 2019 Operating Statement
B. Rural Schools Advocacy—Rurality Factor in Chapter 70 Formula
C. Rural Schools Advocacy—Shared Services Pilot Program
X. Business Administrator’s Report:
A. 2019 Operating Statement
XI. School Committee Chair’s Report:
A. Update on Member Meetings with Town Officials
B. Topic for April 2019 Professional Development Meeting: Superintendent Evaluation
XII. Other Business:
A. Varsity Soccer
B. Native American Imagery at MTRS: Next steps
XIII. Action Items:
1. Vote to approve the Retainer Agreement by and between the MTRSD and the Dupere Law Offices
2. Vote to approve the amount of $39,150 to be awarded from the 2019 Carl H. Nilman Scholarship Fund
3. Vote to approve Field Trip Request for BSE 5th Grade class to visit Bronx Zoo, NYC on 6-3-2019
4. Vote to approve International Trip to Italy and Greece for June 23, 2021 (Lisa Carmada)
5. Vote to approve $3,000 Donation to Design Lab from an anonymous donor and a matching donation of $3,000 from the Mary Lyon Foundation
6. Vote to approve $5,000 Donation to MTRS Music Department from Grammy Museum Foundation
7. Vote to approve the planting of apple trees on MTRS grounds as proposed in the plan submitted by MTRS Middle School Teacher, Samantha Rutz
8. Vote to support the Resolution in Support of Full Funding for Our Public Schools
9. Vote to revise policy ADDA Background Checks
10. Vote to revise policy KF-R Community Use of School Facilities Regulations
11. Vote to revise policy KF-E Building Rental Contract
12. Vote to remove policy KBBA-R Sample Affidavit for Non-Custodial Parent Requesting Student Records
13. Vote to remove policy KBBA-E Sample Notice to the Custodial Parent
14. CD and/or Nilman Fund Transfer(s), if necessary
XIV. Correspondence/Handouts:
a. 3-8-2019 “School Mascot deserves further discussion,” Editorial in The Recorder
b. 3-11-2019 Editorial in The Recorder
c. 3-14-2019 “Buckland-Shelburne students camp out with Dr. Seuss,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
d. 3-18-2019 “Meeting set to discuss Mohawk mascot,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
e. 3-20-2019 “High School Reality Fair provides insight into life after college,” by Anita Fritz in The Recorder
f. 3-21-2019 “Mohawk Trail mascot name a tribute,” My Turn by Randy Smith in The Recorder
g. 3-23-2019 “County schools to request $200K from state to share services,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
h. 3-23-2019 “Schools close due to 1-hour power outage,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
i. 3-25-2019 “Readers Write: On Mohawk’s after-school program,” Letter from Martha Thurber in The Recorder
j. 4-2-2019 “Mohawk Trail set to lose Native American logo,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
k. 4-2-2019 “Mohawk super to testify at Statehouse about rural school aid,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
l. 3-2019 “All miked up,” by R. Joshua Mobley in The Shelburne Falls and West County Independent
m. 3-2019 “Mohawk? Warriors?” by Virginia Ray in The Shelburne Falls and West County Independent
n. 3-2019 “Mohawk Notes,” in The Shelburne Falls and West County Independent
o. 3-2019 “Manley receives 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award,” in The Shelburne Falls and West County Independent
p. 4-2019 “Mohawk mascot decision moves to April 10 School Committee,” by Daniel Mellman in The Shelburne Falls and West County Independent
q. 4-2019 “BSE Students raising money for science trip,” in The Shelburne Falls and West County Independent
r. Emails received regarding the MTRS Mascot:
2-23-2019 Laurel Davis-Delano
2-25-2019 Chelsie Field
2-26-2019 Eliza Hollister
2-26-2019 Linda Thomas
2-26-2019 Sharin Alpert
3-20-2019 Rhonda Anderson
3-20-2019 Tim Bohonowicz
3-20-2019 Justin Moffat
3-21-2019 Hawley Selectboard
3-25-2019 Andrea Donlon
3-29-2019 Christopher Pinardi
4-4-2019 Amanda Doster and Moti Zemelman
XV. Executive Session, if necessary
XVI. Other, items not reasonably anticipated within 48 hours of the meeting
XVII. Adjournment