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School Committee realigns subcommittees

GREENFIELD — The seven-member Greenfield School Committee will have four subcommittees this year, each with five members — which means that a quorum of the full committee could be present during any subcommittee meeting.

This is allowed, according to the state’s Attorney General Office, as long as the meetings are publicly posted and members only discuss topics related to that subcommittee. The subcommittees, according to the School Committee’s policy manual, cannot make decisions for the full committee but can vote to make recommendations.

All subcommittee meetings, like full School Committee meetings, are open to the public and must be posted at least 48 hours in advance.

The school department posts its meetings in the front lobby of the Town Hall and on www.townofgreenfield.org.

Members can vote during any meeting to go into closed-door executive sessions for specific reasons outlined in the state’s Open Meeting Law — but must first leave the executive session before making an official decision.

The four subcommittees are:

∎  Contract, Finance and Budget: led by John Lunt, it will review, monitor and negotiate contracts and budgets.

∎  Facilities and Environment: led by Maryelen Calderwood, it will deal with safety and security, building and grounds maintenance, traffic and parking, capital spending and seeking “green solutions.”

∎  Innovation and Curriculum: led by Daryl Essensa, it is charged with monitoring progress of upcoming “Common Core” curriculum changes, guiding applications for innovation schools and keeping up with state-reported data.

∎  Policy, Human Resources and Strategic Planning: led by Francia Wisnewski, it will review and recommend policies, establish a process for evaluation systems and develop quarterly “State of the School” reports.

Last year, there were seven subcommittees, each made up of three members.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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