SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At The Latest Meeting

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at the most recent Wilmington School Committee Meeting:

#1) Perfect Attendance Award: The Wilmington School Committee recognized recent WHS graduate Robert Sica on his perfect school attendance. Sica didn’t miss a day of school in 13 years — a whopping 2,340 days! WHS Principal Linda Peters was present to hand out the award. “I’ve given a lot of awards in my tenure, but this is a first,” joked Peters. Perhaps you heard about Sica’s story from WCVB Channel 5 News.

#2) Equipment & Textbook Disposal: “Through the course of the year, principals have contacted us, saying our closets are overflowing with all this stuff that’s obsolete, broken or non-usable. They want to make some room,” said Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero. The School Committee approved the request to dispose of a list of unusable equipment.  Items will be donated where possible, but most items — broken technology and outdated textbooks — will be recycled responsibly.

#3) New Secretary Elected: School Committee member MJ Byrnes was unanimously elected as the board’s Secretary, a position which was previously held by longtime member Peggy Kane, who recently stepped down from the Committee.

#4) New Member Will Be Appointed August 13: “We’re going to have a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen on August 13 at 7pm during their regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the vacancy on the School Committee. It will be open to the public,” said School Committee Jennifer Bryson. “The Town of Wilmington is accepting letters of interest from residents who would like to volunteer their services as a member of the School Committee.  Letters of interest may be directed to Kevin Caira, Chairman, Board of Selectmen, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018.”

#5) Assistant Superintendent Gallagher’s Farewell: “I wanted to say a thank you and goodbye to Mr. Gallagher… I know you know how grateful we are for all you’ve done for us and with us over the last two years. Thank you for keeping us steady,” said School Committee member Jennifer Bryson. Gallagher said his time in Wilmington had been “awesome.” He left the district on July 1 to become the Superintendent in Newburyport.

PLUS: School Committee Chair Julie Broussard was unable to attend the meeting. As a result, Vice Chair Jennifer Bryson, who was celebrating her birthday, served as the Acting Chair.

PLUS PLUS: There was no Superintendent’s Report, Old Business, Public Comments, Committee Reports, or Correspondence.

News From The Meeting Already Reported On Include:

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