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) The School Committee approved a donation of an AED defibrillator, valued at $2,700, from Shawsheen Principal Lisa King. King won the AED in a raffle. In consultation with the district’s Nurse Leader Doreen Crowe, it was decided the AED would be used primarily by the Athletic Department.

#2) The School Committee approved a 10-day field trip to Ireland, Wales and England during April 2020 vacation for 24-30 WHS students in Grades 10-12. The trip, organized through Explorica, is spearheaded by teachers Jennifer Fidler, Maura Tucker and Lisa Desberg. A 6:1 student-teacher ratio will be adhered to. The cost for each participating student will be $3,616 with fundraising options available.

#3) The School Committee received a personnel update detailing staffing changes that took place over the summer break.

Personnel Report

New Director of Human Resources Andrea Stern Armstrong noted Principals were “plugging away” to fill any active vacancies. Substitutes are providing coverage in the interim.

#4) The School Committee unanimously approved Superintendent Glenn Brand as the district’s representative to the SEEM Collaborative Board of Directors.

“Legislation related to Special Education Collaboratives mandates the Collaborative Board Members be appointed annually by their respective School Committees,” noted Brand in a memo to Committee members.

#5) The School Committee made changes to their subcommittee assignments following the resignation of Peggy Kane and the appointment of Jo Newhouse.

  • David Ragsdale will join the Policy Subcommittee.
  • Jo Newhouse will join the Sick Bank Committee & Administrative Assistant Negotiation Team.
  • Jennifer Bryson will join the School Committee Handbook & Protocol Committee.

In an interesting moment, member Tom Talbot asked to be removed from the Superintendent Evaluation Committee, noting he “wouldn’t be able to fulfill [its duties] to the end.” The Evaluation typically occurs at the end of each school year. New member Jo Newhouse volunteered to take Talbot’s place.

Both Talbot and Newhouse’s terms are up this April. This substitute is a possible indication that Talbot will not seek re-election, while Newhouse will run for the seat she was appointed to last month.

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