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5/18/21 School Committee Meeting Minutes

340 Teaticket Highway
School Committee Meeting
May 18, 2021
Executive Session 6:00 PM
Public Meeting 6:30 PM
Webinar Archived on You Tube
School Committee Members and the Superintendent located at the Administration Building,
340 Teaticket Highway, East Falmouth, MA
Kelly Welch, Chair Lori Duerr, Superintendent
Natalie Kanellopoulos, Vice-Chair Patrick Murphy, Dir. Of Finance and Operations (REMOTE)
Melissa Keefe, Secretary Sonia Tellier, Assistant Superintendent (REMOTE)
Terri Medeiros Joan Woodward, Dir. Of Student Services (REMOTE)
Andrea Thorrold
Leah Palmer
Bill Rider Sharon Reid, Recording Secretary REMOTE
Lisa Hart Community Access REMOTE
John Furnari
HEARD Kelly Welch open the public meeting at 6:04 PM.
MOTION by Kelly Welch to move into executive session with respect to collective bargaining with the Service
Employees International Union Local 888, Falmouth Food Service Chapter, SECONDED by Melissa Keefe.
HEARD Kelly Welch re-open public session at 6:30 PM.
HEARD Pledge of Allegiance.
HEARD Kelly Welch request if anyone was recording the meeting this evening. Ms. Ryan stated she would be
recording the meeting for reporting purposes for the Falmouth Enterprise.
HEARD Natalie Kanellopoulos read the Falmouth Public Schools Mission and Vision statement.
HEARD Terri Medeiros announce that this would be John Furnari’s last meeting and present him with a gift for
his many years of service as a member of the School Committee. Members thanked Mr. Furnari for his
dedicated service to the staff, families and students of Falmouth.
HEARD Sue Ripley-Young, teacher and FEA officer, state that the morale in the district is very low and that
major changes to next year’s staffing will make things more difficult for the teaching staff. She recommends
that all positions remain the same, and asks that the Committee consider the 2021-2022 school year as a makeup year.
HEARD Terry Hunter-Alves, Co-Chair of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), state that
the district needs to acknowledge the disparities in the schools and promote diversity and inclusion.
COVID Update by Health Agent
HEARD Scott McGann report that Falmouth is in the GREEN on the COVID map. School based clinics will be
offered for students 12 years of age and older. The mask-wearing mandate will end on May 29, 2021, however
masks will continue to be worn by staff and students in the schools.
HEARD questions and comments following Mr. McGann’s report.
HEARD Dr. Parkinson report that on June 9 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM a Virtual Community Forum will be held
for families about the COVID-19 vaccine for children. Dr. Parkinson also mentioned that on-going research
continues for vaccinating younger students and hopes it will be available sometime in September 2021.
PRESENTATION of Juneteenth Activities
HEARD Dr. Duerr introduce Rev. Nell Fields and Dr. Olivia White from No Place for Hate, Ellen Hewett from
Falmouth Educators Foundation, Falmouth Public School Staff, Tom Bushy, Sandy Kapsambelis, Steve
Edwards, Ryan Webber and Kathleen Riordan report on the following activities planned for the school district
to celebrate Juneteenth:
 Author Carol Boston Weatherford will give a talk on June 9th for all K-4 students
 At Teaticket, through an FEF grant, all classroom teachers and the school library will receive a copy of
the book “Juneteenth Jamboree”
 Students in grades 5-6 will participate in a poetic performance by Charles Waters, author of “Can I
touch your Hair”
 Students in grades 7-8 will create and decorate a “Juneteenth Wreath”
 A poster contest for students in grades K-12 and winners will be displayed at the Art Center and the
Falmouth Public Library
 The FHS wind ensemble will share “Down by the River” and Mullen-Hall First graders will dance to
“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
 FHS StemFest students have created short video’s interviewing African American professionals in a
variety of careers. A live (Zoom and Channel 14) event is scheduled for Thursday, June 17th at 7:00 PM
HEARD Dr. Duerr add the following to the Juneteenth Presentation:
 Thank you to Eight Cousins bookstore and to No Place for Hate for their assistance with bringing author
Carol Boston Weatherford to Falmouth
 The Falmouth Clippers are planning a week long social justice awareness campaign
 Andrea Burnes, Food Service Director, is planning a menu to celebrate Juneteenth
DISCUSS and ACT on Juneteenth Statement
HEARD Kelly Welch read an official statement which recognizes Juneteenth, June 19th, as an official state
DISCUSSION followed. It was suggested that the word impact, following the word legacy be added to the
MOTION by Leah Palmer to approve the joint Juneteenth Statement with the addition of the word impact to the
last sentence on page one and the change of Selectboard into two words (Select Board). SECONDED by
Andrea Thorrold. Vote. ABSTENTION by John Furnari. All other members in favor. MOTION CARRIES.
UPDATE from the Superintendent
HEARD Dr. Duerr update the Board on the following items:
 Julie Williams-Tinkham is providing OUT for Safe Schools training. The program is to help our
students feel safe
 The Gay Straight Alliance at Lawrence School created a sign to support LGBTQ. No Place for Hate
will be joining FPS on the sign with the possibility of additional organizations
 Additional events for Pride Month are being planned which will be shared at a future meeting
 Officer Timothy Brandt will be joining us as our new School Resource Officer (SRO)
 Congratulations to Ryan Hergt, our previous SRO, for his promotion to Sergeant
 Outdoor Learning Tents: Six of the seven have been erected. One remains at Mullen-Hall. A special
thank you to the supervisors and the many volunteers who have helped with this project
ACT on Carousel of Light License to use Mullen-Hall Grounds for the Summer 2021
MOTION by Terri Medeiros to approve the license for the Carousel of Light at the Mullen-Hall school grounds
for the summer of 2021. SECONDED by Lisa Hart. DISCUSSION. Vote. ABSTENTION by John Furnari.
All other members in favor. MOTION CARRIES.
ACT on Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Falmouth Food Service Union and the Falmouth
School Committee
This contract was reviewed during Executive Session. MOTION by Leah Palmer to approve the MOA between
the Falmouth Food Service Union and the Falmouth School Committee with the edit to holidays which should
read, ten full days and 2 (1/2) days. SECONDED by Melissa Keefe. Vote. UNANIMOUS.
Routine Business
MOTION by Melissa Keefe to approve the minutes of the May 4, 2021. SECONDED by Natalie
Vote. ABSTENTION by John Furnari. All other members in favor. MOTION CARRIES.
MOTION by Natalie Kanellopoulos to approve the minutes of the May 11, 2021. SECONDED by Melissa
ABSTENTION by John Furnari. All other members in favor. MOTION CARRIES.
Committee Member Reports
HEARD Natalie Kanellopoulos update the Board on the meeting with the Wampanoag Tribe regarding the land
acknowledgement statement.
HEARD Terri Medeiros report that the Emerald House is planning a soft opening in June for the public.
HEARD Andrea Thorrold state that the VIP’s one-on-one opportunities will be able to resume with the new
COVID guidelines.
HEARD John Furnari remind Board members that he will need to be replaced on the Cape Cod Collaborative
HEARD Kelly Welch report that the Memorandum of Agreement Addendum with the FEA Union was signed
and is completely finalized. Ms. Welch also reminded members, if they plan to attend the graduation at the
High School, inform Sharon Reid.
MOTION by Kelly Welch to move into Executive Session to discuss strategy with respect to litigation with the
Department of Labor Relations. Having these discussions in open session may have a detrimental effect on the
School Committee’s position and it is anticipated that the school committee will NOT return to open session.
SECONDED by Melissa Keefe. Vote. UNANIMOUS.
The following documents were included in the School Committee packet of May 18, 2021. Hard copies can be
found in the Superintendent’s office or electronic copies on-line at the Town’s website:
 Proposed Amendment to the Agreement of the Parties Reopening Memorandum of Agreement
 Draft School Committee Minutes May 4, 2021
 Draft School Committee Minutes May 11, 2021
 Carousel of Light Grant of License 2021
 Juneteenth Joint Statement
Public MEETING ADJOURNED: 8:04 PM Minutes Approved: June 8, 2021
Respectfully Submitted,
Melissa Keefe
Secretary Recording Secretary: Sharon Reid