School Committee Meeting Agendas

Wondering what the School Committee does in their regular meetings? Here’s a detailed listing of recent School Committee agendas, including some of the many subcommittees.

News Read about Arlington and nearby community School opening plans for 2020.

All agendas were copied directly from the town website, and include links back to official downloads. Agendas are presented here in an easy to read format, with direct links to legal minutes (once posted), to the recorded ACMi video, and to all supplementary materials. The best way to really understand what happened at a particular meeting is to read through the entire Agenda PDF (long; they include correspondences), and then read through the Legal Minutes (which just describe decisions taken at the meeting).

Note: This page only includes School Committee Regular, Special, or Organizational meetings. It does not yet include any of the many Subcommittees of the School Committee (that’s a lot of work to track).


  • Executive Session

    • To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with union and/or nonunion personnel or contract negotiations with union and/or nonunion in which if held in an open meeting, may have a detrimental effect.

    • To conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation, in which if held in an open meeting, may have a detrimental effect. Collective bargaining may also be conducted.
    • AEA MOA
  • Submitted by Jane Morgan, Chair

  • 7:00 p.m. Open Meeting

    You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Aug 10, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: School Committee Special Meeting, Monday, August 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.Register in advance for this webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DWvjowrSSlWlvoYQkuqTtAAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 7:05 p.m. Public Comment

    Members of the public are asked to send written comments to kfitzgerald@arlington.k12.ma.us by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020.

    1. I would like the chair of the School Committee to read my comments/questions out loud at the beginning of the meeting.
    2. I would like to register via the Zoom and read my own comments/questions at the beginning of the meeting.
  • APS_Fall_2020_Proposed_Reopening_Plan_8102020_400.docx | School_Committee__questions_re__Facilities.pdf

    7:20 p.m. Discuss and Approve Fall Reopening Plans, K. Bodie

  • COVID-19_Financial_Report_-_August_10__2020_(1).pdf

    8:30 p.m. Financial Report on Covid-19, M. Mason

  • 8:50 p.m. Superintendent’s Report, K. Bodie

  • 9:10 p.m. Consent Agenda

    All items listed with an asterisk are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the committee so requests, in which event the item will be considered in its normal sequence:

    Approval of Warrant: Warrant 21012 dated 7/28/2020 in the amount of $4,627,118.03
    Approval of Minutes: None

  • policies_and_Proceedures__08_06_2020.pdf

    9:20 p.m. Policy:First Read EBC, BEDB, JJK

    File EBC Supplemental: Policy Issues for the Pandemic

  • 9:30 p.m. Subcommittee/Liaison Reports/Announcements

    • Budget: Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Chair

    • Community Relations: Bill Hayner, Chair

    • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Accountability: Len Kardon, Chair

    • Facilities: Jeff Thielman, Chair
    • Policies & Procedures: Paul Schlichtman, Chair
    • Arlington High School Building Committee: Jeff Thielman, (Chair), Kirsi Allison-Ampe
    • Superintendents Search Process Committee, P. Schlichtman

    • Liaisons Reports
    • Announcements
    • Future Agenda Items
  • 10:00 p.m. Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Submitted by Jane Morgan, Chair

  • On_the_Desktop_7_27_20_Additional_Staff_Training_Days_this_Fall_(1).pdf | MOU_between_DESE.MTA._AFT.BT.7.27.20_(1).pdf | Arlington_Public_Schools_Projected_Enrollment_2020-2021_-_Enrollment_Numbers_-_July_27__2020.pdf

    Correspondence Received:

    Philip Tedesco*
    James Sultan
    Arlind Ruca
    Jennifer White
    Monique Noelle
    Karen Petho
    Hilary Clay
    Erin Daly regarding survey
    Barbara Goodman
    Rachel Ostrow
    Janet Marsden
    Emily Klein
    Susan Lucas
    Donna Coco
    Maria Merkulova
    Will Eisner
    Holly Rossi
    Carrie Finison
    Hazel Dean Davis
    Gloria Donald-Sosnoff
    Jennifer Firneno
    Alex Bilsky
    Kate Elliot
    Maria Merkulova
    Margaret Moore

    AEA Comments regarding Fall reopening
    Rob Brachowski
    Michelle and Brett Lambert
    Kai-Ting Chuang

    Melissa Palermo
    Nancy Butts
    Stefanie Carlson*
    Suzanne Trottier
    Patrick Mongeau

    Kimberly Serra*

    Cambridge Public Schools Opening Plan August 4, 2020
    On the Desktop from Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley & the DESE July 30, 2020 Student Learning Time Waiver Process
    Projected enrollment numbers August 6, 2020
    Extension Letter request of one day to August 11, 2020 to Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley Aug 3
    On the Desktop, DESE August 6, 2020 memo and ext deadline, and Feedback on Fall Reopening Plans and Black Lives Matter emails
    The Arlington SPED alliance (TASA)
    Lauren and Robert Bellon*Wyndham AyaresKatrina Bernstein-LewickeIlana Blatt-EisengartLauren BloomRobin BovaKristin ChalmersPietra CheckChris and Aurora ConnorClaudia DonnetStephanie Ettinger de CubaJennifer and Shiela HinckleyMallory and David KeltsRebekah LeaJennifer and Joshua MansfieldMichaela MayRachel Ostrow and Chris BurnsKrasimira and Dimitar PetkovHeather PhelpsLisa and Adam RoddaDeborah Savage, PhDSarah ThompsonBill and Stephanie TrinkleMary Beth WilkesAntonella Zanobetti

    In support of Black Lives Matter sign

    Josh Smift
    Paula Jordan
    Janine Duffy
    Mandy Ellenwood
    Jennifer Mansfield
    Mia G. Mansfield
    Patrick Mongeau
    Rajeev Soneja

    Elisa MacDonald
    Jenna Fernandes
    Emily Kathan
    Sharon Convery Walsh
    Samantha Martin
    Claudia Donnet, Ph.D.

    Rebecca Aaronson

    DESE Submission email from Dr. Bodie July 31, Template Plans
    PreK draft preliminary plans
    Emails Rebecca Walsh Bradley
    N Wadke
    Steve Key
    Tony Siddall
    Jenna Fernandes
    Amy Yeager
    Randi Flynn
    Betty Ferree
    Danielle Monroe
    Christine Griffin
    Linda Kang
    Robin Bova
    Laura O’Brien
    Judith Pfeffer
    Cmon Suleiman
    Sarah Tao
    Ariana Gomez
    Kate De Lisi
    Katherine Sweeney
    Jennifer Truesdale
    Steve Key
    Jessica Cable
    Rachel Applebaum
    Amy McCann Antczak

    School Committee questions to Facilities

    https://www.mass.gov/doc/open-meeting-law-order-march12-2020/download

  • Open Meeting

    Karen Fitzgerald is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: Remote School Committee MeetingTime: Mar 26, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/393578985Meeting ID: 393 578 985One tap mobile+16465588656,,393578985# US (New York)+13126266799,,393578985# US (Chicago)Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)Meeting ID: 393 578 985Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abm1xGYinJ

  • 6:30 p.m. Public Comment

    Members of the public are asked to send written comment to
    kfitzgerald@arlington.k12.ma.us

  • BDA_School_Committee_Org_Meeting.pdf

    6:40 p.m. COVID-19 update, K. Bodie

    • Meal distribution
    • Remote learning technology
    • device distribution and supply update, purchase needs, tech support for parents.

    • Remote learning plan - status update
    • Other impacts

    7:40 p.m. Approval of AEA negotiations subcommittee members

    7:45 p.m. Waiver of policy BDA

  • 7:50 p.m. Superintendent’s Report, K. Bodie

    AHS Building Committee update

  • warrant_20232.pdf

    8:10 p.m Consent Agenda

    All items listed with an asterisk are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the committee so requests, in which event the item will be considered in its normal sequence:

    Approval of Warrant Number 20232, Dated 3/17/2020 in the Amount $691,639.92
    Approval of Minutes: None
    Approval of adding meeting: Add Public Hearing on School Choice to May 14, 2020.

  • 8:15 p.m. Subcommittee/Liaison Reports/Announcements

    • Budget: Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Chair
    • Community Relations: Jennifer Susse, Chair
    • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Accountability: Jane Morgan, Chair
    • Facilities: Bill Hayner, Chair
    • Policies & Procedures: Paul Schlichtman, Chair
    • Arlington High School Building Committee: Jeff Thielman, (Chair), Kirsi Allison-Ampe
    • Calendar Committee: Jennifer Susse
    • Election Modernization Committee: Jennifer Susse
    • Traffic Negotiations: Jane Morgan, Bill Hayner
    • AEA Negotiations: len Kardon, Paul Schlichtman
    • Liaisons Reports
    • Announcements
    • Future Agenda Items
  • 8:25 p.m. Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Submitted by Len Kardon, Chair

  • Supplement_re_Remote_Participation_During_Coronavirus_State_of_Emergency_-_Checklist_and_Script.pdf_(00022235xA050C)_(1).pdf | Remote_Participation_Checklist_for_COVID-19_Emergency_(00022229xA050C).docx | Remote_Meeting_Script_(00022231xA050C).docx

    Correspondence Received:

    Warrant dated 3/17/2020
    Town of Arlington Legal Dept Supplement-Remote Meeting Checklist and Guidance
    Dr. Bodie’s COVID-19 Updated emails March 12-present
    Policy BDA School Committee Organizational Meeting
    https://www.mass.gov/doc/open-meeting-law-order-march12-2020/download

  • Open Meeting

  • Public Hearing on the FY 21 Superintendent’s Proposed School Budget

  • Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Submitted by Len Kardon, Chair

  • 6:30 p.m. School Choice

    Open Meeting

    • Moment of silence
  • 6:35 p.m. Japanese Visitors

  • 6:45 p.m. Public Participation

  • 2019_District_Goals_Presentation_for_School_Committee.pdf

    7:05 p.m. Meeting the Administration, Stanley Vieira, Athletic Director

    7:15 p.m. District Goals Overivew 2018/19, Curriculum Leaders

    8:15 AHSBC, K. Bodie

    • Arlington High School fly through presentation
  • Memo_to_SC_-_Period_9.pdf | Reports_to_SC_-_Period_9_-_MM.pdf

    8:30 p.m. Monthly Financial Report, M. Mason

  • 8:40 p.m. Superintendent’s Report, K. Bodie

  • 754283849-38758-20125-167-190001.pdf

    8:55 p.m. Consent Agenda

    All items listed with an asterisk are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the committee so requests, in which event the item will be considered in its normal sequence:

    Approval of Warrant: Warrant# 19201, Dated 4/11/2019, Total Warrant Amount $732,555.86
    Approval of Minutes: None
    Approval of Trip: None
    Approval of the Ida Robbins Scholarship for 2019. Presented to the top two AHS students with the highest GPA.
    Approval of the E. Nelson Blake Book Award given to the top 12 students with the highest GPA. AHS Awards Night will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Policy: None

  • 9:00 p.m. Subcommittee/Liaison Reports Announcements

  • 9:20 p.m. Executive Session

  • 9:40 p.m. Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Submitted by Len Kardon, Chair

  • Correspondence Received:

    Warrant 19201 dated 4/11/2019
    IDA Robbins Award recipients given to two students with highest GPA
    E. Nelson Blake Award given to 12 students with highest GPA
    Gibbs Principal Families follow up letter from K. DeFransciso
    Richard C. Fanning Obituary notice to School Committee
    Rotary Club of Arlington
    Monthly Financials
    AHSB Project Report To Town Meeting, April 2019
    PowerPoint presentation on 2019 District Goals, CurrLeaders
    Arlington Public Schools Report to Town Meeting & FY 2020 Budget Summary

  • Open Meeting

  • Public Hearing on the FY 20 Superintendent’s Proposed School Budget

  • Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Submitted by Kirsi Allison-Ampe, MD, Chair

  • Open Meeting

  • Public Participation

  • Executive Session

    • To discuss contractual matters
  • Will not come out for any other for any other business but to adjourn

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Submitted by Bill Hayner, Chair

  • 6:30 pm Open Meeting* After vote on School Choice

    It is the policy of this school district not to admit non-resident students under the terms and conditions of the Interdistrict School Choice Law (M.G.L. 76:12.) This decision must be reaffirmed annually prior to June 1st by a vote of the School Committee following a public hearing.

  • 6:35 pm Public Participation

  • Middle_School_Computer_Science.pdf | DISTRICT_GOALS_2018_2019_DRAFT_1.pdf

    6:45 pm Digital Media Learning and Computer Science, M. Coleman

    7:05 pm Discussion on 2018-2019 District Goals

  • 7:35 pm Superintendent’s Report K. Bodie

  • warrant_18219_4_26_18.pdf | 04_26_2018_School_Committee_regular_meeting_final_draft.docx

    7:55 pm Consent Agenda

    All items listed with an asterisk are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the committee so requests, in which event the item will be considered in its normal sequence:

  • 8:00 pm Subcommittee & Liaison Reports & Announcements

  • 8:20 pm Executive Session

  • 8:45 pm Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Class_Size_MAy_1__2017-2018.pdf | mem_day.pdf | ROTARY_banquet_invitation_June_5__2018.pdf

    Correspondence Received:

    Warrant dated # 18219 4/26/2018
    Minutes From Regular School Committee meeting on 4/26/2018
    Enrollment May, 2018
    Memorial Day notice
    School Budget Books FY 2019
    Approval of Ida Robbins Scholarship for 2018. Two students with highest GPA.
    Approval of E. Nelson Blake Book Award, Top ten students with highest GPA.
    Arlington Rotary Club, Annual banquet invitation, June 5, 2018, Sons of Italy.
    District 2018-2019 Goals
    Press Release dated May 8, 2018 Superintendent Kathleen Bodie and Chief Fred Ryan.
    Thank you letter to Frederick Buckley on Class of 1947 donation.
    U.S. News High School 2018 Ranking

  • Two School Committee members will be available from 11:00 till 12 noon. If you would like feel free to stop by and chat.

  • 6:30 pm Open Meeting

    • Welcome new School Committee member
  • 6:35 pm Public Participation

  • Parent_Forum_3_for_Gibbs_.pdf | Colonial_Day_letter_for_Elementary_K__1_2___3_parents_via_school_messenger.pdf | SC_research_pres_4.12.18_(1).pdf

    6:45 pm Gibbs 6th Grade School Update, K. DeFrancisco

    7:15 pm Colonial Day Update, R. MacNeal, D. Conklin

    7:30 pm Development of Research Skills in APS, R. MacNeal, D. Conklin

    7:45 pm Report on AHS Building Committee concept selections to be submitted to MSBA

  • 8:00 pm Superintendent’s Report K. Bodie

    • Update on School Buildings
  • Warrant_3_29_2018_#18195.pdf | 03_29_2018_School_Committee_Regular_Minutes_final_draft.docx.pdf

    8:25 pm Consent Agenda

    All items listed with an asterisk are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the committee so requests, in which event the item will be considered in its normal sequence:

  • Policy: None

  • 8:30 pm Subcommittee & Liaison Reports & Announcements

  • 8:50 pm Executive Session

    • To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with union and/or nonunion personnel or contract negotiations with union and/or nonunion in which if held in an a open meeting may have a detrimental effect.

    • To conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation, in which if held in an open meeting may have a detrimental effect, Collective bargaining may also be conducted.

  • 9:15 pm Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Submitted by Kirsi Allison-Ampe, MD

  • Correspondence Received:

    Warrant dated March 29, 2018
    Regular Draft School Committee minutes, March 29, 2018
    Enrollment Update April 2018
    Subcommittee Assignments 2018-2019
    Colonial Day letter April 11, 2018 from Roderick MacNeal, Jr.
    Gibbs 6th Grade School Forum presentation
    Social Studies Research Presentation April 2018

  • Two School Committee members will be available from 11:00 till 12 noon. If you would like feel free to stop by and chat.

  • Submitted by Kirsi Allison-Ampe, MD and Len Kardon

  • 6:30 pm Open Meeting

  • 6:31 pm Executive Session

    To discuss security of Arlington Public Schools, if held in an open meeting may have a detrimental effect.

    6:55 pm Honoring School Committee Member for her years of service, Cindy Starks

    7:03 pm Appointment of Cindy Starks to the Vision 2020 Standing Committee

  • 7:05 pm Public Participation

  • OMS_vs_Gibbs_FTE_18_to_19.pdf | 2018-2019_School_Calendar__v7_Second_Read_3_1_2018.xlsx

    7:15 pm Gibbs/OMS Comparison Chart, J. Danizio

    7:25 pm Interim Report on Superintendent Goals

    7:35 pm School Calendar 2018-2019 with Kindergarten Information

  • SC_Finance_Packet_February_2018.pdf

    7:40 pm. Monthly Financial Reports, John Danizio

  • 7:50 pm Superintendent’s Report K. Bodie

    • Update on School Buildings
    • Gibbs Library
  • warrant_18190_3_15_18.pdf | 03_15_2018_School_Committee_meeting_draft_final__minutes.docx | FRANCE_HOST_4_2019.pdf

    8:10 pm Consent Agenda

    All items listed with an asterisk are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the committee so requests, in which event the item will be considered in its normal sequence:

    Approval of Warrant: March 15, 2018, Warrant #18190 in the amount of $464,022.01
    Approval of Minutes: School Committee Regular Meeting Minutes March 15, 2018
    Approval of Trips:

  • Policy: None

  • 8:15 pm Subcommittee & Liaison Reports & Announcements

  • Executive Session

    • To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with union and/or nonunion personnel or contract negotiations with union and /or nonunion in which if held in an a open meeting may have a detrimental effect.

    • To conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation, in which if held in an open meeting may have a detrimental effect, Collective bargaining may also be conducted.

  • 8:35 pm Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Submitted by Jeff Thielman, Chair

  • Correspondence Received:

    Warrant dated March 15, 2018
    Regular Draft School Committee minutes, March 15, 2018
    School Calendar 2018-2018 with Kindergarten information
    Monthly Financial Reports, Feb 2018
    Host French Trip for 2018-2019
    Invitation to A Crisis of Democracy: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    Community Development Week Celebration, April 3, 2018
    School Committee letters
    ASC letter to AHSBC confirming vote on Ed Plan to MSBA
    OMS Vs Gibbs FTE 18 to 19
    Art work descriptions
    Hardy Principal Press Release

  • Two School Committee members will be available from 11:00 till 12 noon. If you would like feel free to stop by and chat.

    Two School Committee members will be available from 11:00 till 12 noon. If you would like feel free to stop by and chat.

  • 6:30 p.m. Open Meeting

  • Public Hearing on the FY 19 Superintendent’s Proposed School Budget

  • Adjournment

    The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

    Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.

  • Jeff Thielman, Chair

  • Two School Committee members will be available from 11:00 till 12 noon. If you would like feel free to stop by and chat.

  • Two School Committee members will be available from 11:00 till 12 noon. If you would like feel free to stop by and chat.