Greenfield School Committee reestablishes budget subcommittee

Staff Writer
Published: 1/14/2020 9:52:58 PM
Modified: 1/14/2020 9:52:08 PM

GREENFIELD — With about five weeks until the deadline to schedule a public budget hearing, the Greenfield School Committee reestablished the Budget and Finance Subcommittee on Monday.

Mayor and School Committee member Roxann Wedegartner said she is glad to see the budget subcommittee reestablished, and encouraged its members to work quickly to prepare for the budget hearing, which must be scheduled by Feb. 21, as dictated in the city charter.

“All I would say is the calendar is important. We need to stay on track this year, and you can see there isn’t a lot of time left,” Wedegartner said. “The budget subcommittee needs to get started right away.”

According to the School Committee’s website, the budget subcommittee hasn’t met since May 1, 2019. Its first meeting of 2020 has not yet been posted.

The Budget and Finance Subcommittee is now made up of Jean Wall, Susan Eckstrom and Amy Proietti.

During Monday’s full School Committee meeting, Proietti said the subcommittees will elect their own chairs. Proietti, who was elected as chair of the full committee last week, proposed the subcommittee appointments, which were approved by her fellow committee members with only a couple of revisions.

The subcommittee designations are as follows:

Policy and Program Subcommittee

■Katie Caron

■Glenn Johnson

■Roxann Wedegartner

Health and Safety Subcommittee

■Glenn Johnson

■Katie Caron

■Susan Hollins

Personnel and Collective Bargaining Subcommittee

■Susan Eckstrom

■Katie Caron

■Amy Proietti

Sick Bank

■Katie Caron

■Glenn Johnson

(These members will decide on a case by case basis if faculty/staff can use donated sick time after theirs is gone.)

However, the School Committee did not determine a representative to the Collaborative for Educational Services. Proietti had proposed appointing Susan Hollins, but Hollins said she felt she was not suited for the position and was unsure of when the organization meets. In an interview Tuesday, Proietti said the position will most likely be filled by February.

“We don’t know when they meet, and we need our representative to be able to attend meetings,” she said. “I’m going to find out that information and bring it to the committee in February.”

When asked how she determined each appointment to the subcommittees, Proietti said she “did (her) best to take members’ preferences into consideration.”

“In a few instances, members indicated complete flexibility, and others had very defined choices,” Proietti wrote in an email Monday night. “I also intended for my assignments to be a draft. I’m pleased with the content of our discussion tonight and how smoothly it went.”

“Now we get to work,” Proietti added. “Getting the work done efficiently and by dedicated people is what this process tonight was all about.”

There is also a question about whether Jean Wall, who is currently chair of City Planning and Construction Committee “can also serve in that capacity and as an elected school board member,” Proeitti said, “and we’ll identify a path to reconcile as soon as possible.”

Hollins was selected as the School Committee’s representative to the Planning and Construction Committee, and Eckstrom was chosen as the representative to the Greenfield Public Library Building Committee.

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263.




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