Monday, November 21, 2016

November 15th Meeting Recap

The Essex Westford Educational Community Unified Union School District board met on November 15th, 2016, in the Essex High School library.  Draft minutes are posted here. Highlights of the meeting include:

-Dan French reported on the transition process and shared the transitional org chart for the new district. This featured department heads who will report directly to the new superintendent and form a strong reservoir of institutional knowledge so that he or she can hit the ground running. The chart also outlined the deployment of central office positions under these department heads.

-Policy work continues apace. The board approved four policies on second reading: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Transportation Employees, Prevention of Employee Harassment, HIPPA Compliance, and Tobacco Prohibition. Policies on Student Records, Student Alcohol and Drugs, Limited English Proficiency, and Home Study Students had their first reading. The Firearms and Weapons policy was sent back for clarification and will be brought up for first reading again at the next meeting.

-District CFO Deac Decarreau presented a revised version of the budget development assumptions. Interested community members should be aware that the school board will meet every Tuesday in January in order to work through the entire budget. Mark your calendars!

The next meeting will occur on Tuesday, December 6th.

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