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May 9, 2019
7:00 PM
Mohawk Trail Regional School, Auditorium
24 Ashfield Road

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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

I. Call meeting to order
II. Chair’s Opening Remarks
III. Public Comment (30-45 minutes: Comments should be limited to 3 minutes. Sign-up sheet will be available at the meeting or email
IV. Initial Action Items:
1. Vote whether to affirm the names “Mohawk Trail Regional School District” and “Mohawk Trail Regional School”
2. Vote whether to remove and replace the existing mural/image of a Native American in the Mohawk Trail Regional School (MTRS) gymnasium
3. Vote whether to complete the process of removing all other Native American images used in connection with the MTRS as soon as it is possible or practical
4. Vote whether to end the use of the name “Warriors” in connection with the MTRS
5. Vote whether to strongly encourage District administrators to review curriculum standards, and where necessary, develop and implement additional curricula that integrate the history and contributions of Indigenous people (from pre-colonial times to the present) thoroughly and systematically into student learning at all District schools
V. Staff Presentation:
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
VI. Approve minutes of the meetings of April 10 and April 22, 2019
VII. School Reports
1. Principals’ Reports
2. Director of Pupil Personnel Services Report
3. Curriculum Director Report
VIII. Subcommittee Reports – included in packets
IX. Communications Specialist’s Report
X. Superintendent’s Report:
A. 2019 Annual Town Meetings
B. U.S. Department of Agriculture Distance Learning Grant Application
C. Mohawk MS-HS Athletics Program
D. Fire Safety
E. Rural Schools Advocacy
XI. Business Administrator’s Report:
A. Operating Statement
XII. School Committee Chair’s Report:
A. Member Reports on Annual Town Meetings
B. Superintendent’s Review Timing and Process
C. Topic for May 2019 Professional Development Meeting
XIII. Action Items:
1. Vote to approve Field Trip Request for MTRHS music students to Williamsburg Heritage Music Festival, April 16-19, 2020
2. Vote to approve donation from Barnhardt Manufacturing Company of $1,000 each to Colrain Central School Preschool and Colrain Central School
3. Vote to approve donation from Barnhardt Manufacturing Company of $1,000 to Mohawk Trail Regional School
4. Vote to revise and rename Policy JLCE First Aid
5. Vote to revise and rename Policy JLCE-R Health Emergencies Plan
6. Vote to revise Policy IJL Library Materials Selection, Adoption and Weeding
7. Vote to revise and rename Policy IJL-R Library Materials Selection and Adoption
8. CD and/or Nilman Fund Transfer(s), if necessary
XIV. Correspondence/Handouts:
a. 4-6-2019 “Mohawk School Committee to discuss dropping logo,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
b. “Native American alumnus calls mascot debate a ‘civil rights issue’,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
c. 4-10-2019 “Readers Write—A Clarification” from Erbin Crowell in The Recorder
d. 4-12-2019 “Readers Write—Removal of school logo” from John H. Shippee Jr. in The Recorder
e. 4-12-2019 “Mixed views at Mohawk Regional School Committee meeting about mascot’s removal,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
f. 4-12-2019 “Mohawk to add instruction on Native American history, issues,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
g. 4-15-2019 “Time for Change,” by Scott Barrows in The Recorder
h. 4-15-2019 “Seeking equity in funding for rural school,” by Michael Buoniconti, My Turn in The Recorder
i. 4-17-2019 “Native American studies: Where to begin?” Editorial in The Recorder
j. 4-20-2019 “A Lifelong Tool: Local children reap benefits of learning yoga,” by Melina Bourdeau in The Recorder
k. 4-22-2019 “Heath to vote again on selling school to cannabis company,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
l. 4-23-2019 “A Historical Perspective,” Letter to Editor from Brad Brigham in The Recorder
m. 4-23-2019 “Mohawk Regional deals with a $700K deficit,” by Grace Bird in The Recorder
n. 4-25-2019 “So let us learn from the Class Gift of ’78,” My Turn by Lisa Nartowicz Jablonski in The Recorder
o. 4-25-2019 “A Great Deal for Heath,” Editorial in The Recorder
XV. Executive Session, if necessary
XVI. Other, items not reasonably anticipated within 48 hours of the meeting
XVII. Adjournment