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7/20/21 School Committee Meeting Minutes

FALMOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
340 Teaticket Highway
EAST FALMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS
School Committee Meeting
July 20, 2021
Executive Session 5:30 PM (Cancelled)
Public Meeting 6:30 PM
Executive Session 8:30 PM
PUBLIC: REMOTE ACCESS MEETING VIA Zoom Webinar
Webinar Archived on You Tube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJIZbUUGx0B-XABvwkMtRZQa
School Committee Members and the Superintendent located at Falmouth High School Library
Natalie Kanellopoulos, Chair Lori Duerr, Superintendent
Kelly Welch, 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 (REMOTE)
Bill Rider Sharon Reid, Recording Secretary (REMOTE)
Lisa Hart (Absent) Community Access (REMOTE)
Bill Dorfner
HEARD Natalie Kanellopoulos open the public meeting at 6:36 PM.
HEARD Pledge of Allegiance.
HEARD Natalie Kanellopoulos read the recording statement.
HEARD Terri Medeiros read the Falmouth Public Schools Mission and Vision Statement.
Public Comment
HEARD Rachel Courington, Falmouth community member, voice her concern of the lack of transparency and
to state that she does not support the termination of Lori Andrade.
HEARD Ms. Kanellopoulos remind the public that specific personnel matters cannot be discussed in Public
Session.
HEARD Lynette Perdiz-Cash, East Falmouth School Teacher, state that she would like to show her support for
Lori Andrade and she feels women of color have been mistreated over the years in the District.
HEARD Larissa Hart, Falmouth High School teacher, state that although she has respect for the Superintendent,
she asks that the School Committee reverse the decision to terminate Ms. Andrade.
HEARD Marissa Messer, retired teacher, state she was in support of Ms. Andrade.
Presentation of District and School Shared Goals
HEARD Assistant Superintendent Tellier introduce the Principals who presented the school and district goals.
HEARD Principals Sandy Kapsambelis, Kathleen Riordan and Mary Gans review Goal #1, Equity Through
Cultural Proficiency. This goal featured the following activities in the schools:
1. Author talk
2. Juneteenth Celebration
3. Creation of Cultural Diversity Team
4. Mural Project
5. Listening Series
6. Awareness Week
HEARD Principals Tim Adams and Tom Bushy review Goal #2, Partnership with Woods Hole Professional
Community. This goal featured the following school activities:
1. Living Classrooms
2. Social Justice Course
3. Cuttyhunk Trip
HEARD Principals Rose Moran, Paul Goodhind, Kathleen Reardon and Mary Gans review Goal #3, Three
Models for Safety, Student Engagement, and Learning. They reviewed the following theory of action:
1. Structuring learning for staff and students
2. Designing and delivering effective blended instruction
3. Fostering a positive, interactive and safe leaning environment
4. Enforcing safety and health measures
HEARD questions and comments following the Principals’ presentation.
FIRST Read on Revised Sections of Student/Family Handbooks 2021-2022
HEARD Sonia Tellier review the following revisions to specific sections in the handbooks for the 2021-2022
school year:
1. Homework Guidelines
2. Discipline Philosophy and Code of Discipline
a. Elementary
b. Morse Pond
c. Lawrence
d. High School
HEARD questions and comments following Dr. Tellier’s presentation.
ACT on Additional School Committee Meeting on February 15, 2022
MOTION by Melissa Keefe to add February 15, 2022 to the School Committee meeting calendar. SECONDED
by Kelly Welch. Roll Call Vote. UNANIMOUS.
ACT on 2021-2022 Updated Falmouth Public Schools Capital Plan
MOTION by Andrea Thorrold to approve the updated 2021-2022 Capital Plan. SECONDED by Bill Rider.
Roll Call Vote. UNANIMOUS.
ACT on $500.00 donation from Rapid Refill to Support STEM program
MOTION to accept the $500.00 donation from Rapid Refill. SECONDED by Bill Rider. Roll Call Vote.
UNANIMOUS.
ACT on $1.972.92 donation from Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards Program
MOTION by Melissa Keefe to accept the donation of $1,972.92 from Stop and Shop. SECONDED by Kelly
Welch. Roll Call Vote. UNANIMOUS.
ACT on Music Department Field Trip to New York City
HEARD Dr. Duerr state that she supports the field trip to New York City in April 2022. MOTION by Bill
Dorfner to approve the Music Department Field Trip to New York City following CDC guidelines at the time of
the trip. SECONDED by Kelly Welch. Roll Call Vote. UNANIMOUS.
ACT on outdated text and materials entitled “Math in Focus”
HEARD Dr. Tellier state that they will look into donating the texts once voted as surplus. MOTION by Melissa
Keefe to status “Math in Focus” text and materials as surplus. SECONDED by Terri Medeiros. Roll Call Vote.
UNANIMOUS.
UPDATE from the Superintendent
HEARD Dr. Duerr report on the following topics:
1. ESSER III
These funds will be distributed to school districts in October 2021. Dr. Duerr and her Administrative
Team have held several Community sessions to gain input from the community as to the use of these
funds.
2. Counseling Services are available over the summer.
3. Grab and Go Meals are available this summer until August 27, 2021.
4. Thank you to The Falmouth Scholarship Association who awarded over $196,000 to 47 Falmouth
students.
Routine Business
MOTION by Terri Medeiros to approve the minutes of June 22, 2021. SECONDED by Bill Rider. Roll Call
Vote. UNANIMOUS.
Committee Member Reports
HEARD Andrea Thorrold report on the National School Board Association (NSBA) Symposium she attended
last week.
HEARD Bill Rider request that more Professional Development for teachers be geared toward Restorative
Justice.
HEARD Terri Medeiros comment that The Emerald House (Portuguese Historical) Event was a huge success
and she thanked Miguel Moniz, organizer, for all his hard work and dedication toward the project.
HEARD Kelly Welch report that the complaints filed with the Department of Labor by the Falmouth Educators’
Association (FEA) claiming that they did not bargain in good faith during negotiations of the Memorandum of
Agreement and the retaliation charge made by FEA President have both been dismissed.
MOTION by Natalie Kanellopoulos to move into Executive Session to discuss strategy with respect to litigation
if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and
pursuant to GL c. 30A, sec 21 (a)(7) “to comply with, act under the authority of, any general or special law or
federal grant- in- required (Purpose 7): specifically, the Open Meeting Law, MGL C. 31A, Sections 22 (f), (g).
SECONDED by Kelly Welch. Roll Call Vote. UNANIMOUS.
The following documents were included in the School Committee packet of July 20, 2021. Hard copies can be
found in the Superintendent’s office or electronic copies on-line at the Town’s website:
www.falmouthmass.us/AgendaCenter
 PowerPoint Presentation Shared District Goals dated July 20, 2021.
 Memo from Sonia Tellier to School Committee dated July 20, 2021, regarding revisions of Family
Handbook.
 2021-2022 Student/Family Handbook Revision Former Language: Homework.
 2021-2022 Student Family Handbook Revisions Updated Language re: Homework. New Title:
Continuation of Learning Outside the Classroom.
 2021-2022 Student/Family Handbook Revision Former Language re: Discipline Philosophy and Code
of Discipline.
 2021-2022 Student/Family Handbook Revisions Former Language re: Discipline Philosophy and Code
of Discipline. New titles: Restorative Practices and Discipline Philosophy, Code of Conduct
(Elementary).
 2021-2022 Student/Family Handbook Revisions Former Language re: Discipline Philosophy and Code
of Discipline. New titles: Restorative Practices and Discipline Philosophy, Code of Conduct (Morse
Pond).
 2021-2022 Student/Family Handbook Revisions Former Language re: Discipline Philosophy and Code
of Discipline. New titles: Restorative Practices and Discipline Philosophy, Code of Conduct (Lawrence
School).
 2021-2022 Student/Family Handbook Revisions Former Language re: Discipline Philosophy and Code
of Discipline. New titles: Restorative Practices and Discipline Philosophy, Code of Conduct (Falmouth
High School).
 Falmouth School Committee Meeting Schedule 2021-2022 School Year
 Updated Capital Plan 2021-2022.
 Thank you letter dated June 28, 2021 to Rapid Refill for donation from Chris Brothers, Grades -12
Science Dept. Head.
 Letter notifying Falmouth Schools that the A+ School rewards program will not be offered next year.
 Field Trip request form and itinerary from Music Department for New York City Trip in April 2022.
 Memo from Sonia Tellier to School Committee dated July 20, 2021 listing “Math in Focus” materials to
be deemed surplus.
 Draft School Committee Minutes from June 22, 2021.
 Letter of findings from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations MUP-20-
8299 dated July 19, 2021.
Public MEETING ADJOURNED: 8:46 PM Minutes Approved: August 24, 2021
Respectfully Submitted,
Melissa Keefe
Secretary Recording Secretary: Sharon Reid