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Holyoke School Committee Meeting, January 22, 2024

JanJanuary 22 2024

6:00pm - 7:30pm Fifield Room @ William J Dean Technical High School

1045 MAIN ST , Holyoke, Ma 01040
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MEETING NOTICE

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE AGENDA

 

DATE: January 22, 2024

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Fifield Room, HOLYOKE HIGH DEAN CAMPUS, 1045 MAIN ST, HOLYOKE, MA 01040

 

Members of the public can access the meeting here:  https://hps-holyoke-ma-us.zoom.us/j/85266232176?pwd=ci9tWEs3cG81SkQxdXZrWW5GenBXQT09 

(Spanish Interpretation will be available).    

 

On March 29, 2023, Governor Healey signed into law An Act Relative to Extending Certain State

of Emergency Accommodations, which, among other things, extends the expiration of the

provisions pertaining to the Open Meeting Law to March 31, 2025. Specifically, this extension

allows public bodies to continue holding meetings remotely without a quorum of the public body

physically present at a meeting location, and to provide “adequate, alternative” access to remote

meetings. The Act does not make any new changes to the Open Meeting Law other than

extending the expiration date of the temporary provisions regarding remote meetings from

March 31, 2023, to March 31, 2025. 

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 28 OF THE ACTS OF 2009, SECTIONS 17-20 (FORMERLY SECTION 23B OF CHAPTER 39) OF THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAWS, THAT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE HOLYOKE SCHOOL COMMITTEE WILL BE HELD ON January 22, 2024.

 

  • CALL TO ORDER ~ ROLL CALL ~ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  • Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, s. 20, I am hereby informing all attendees that a video and audio recording is being made of the meeting and the meeting is being live-streamed and run live on the City’s community TV channel. 


  • STUDENT SHOWCASE – Sullivan School Cheer Team
  • PUBLIC COMMENT- Members of the public wishing to submit public comments can email sgubala@hps.holyoke.ma.us no later than 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2024, 
    1. Comments will either be displayed or read during the meeting.
  • COMMUNICATION & REPORTS:
  • STUDENT REPORTS 
      1. HHS North Campus
      2. HHS Dean Campus
  • VICE-CHAIR REPORTS
    1. Vote to receive communication from Superintendent/Receiver Anthony Soto to Commissioner Riley recommending that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) begin the transition to exit receivership in a careful and highly planned manner. 
    2. Vote to receive communication from Commissioner Riley to Mayor Garcia acknowledging receipt of the School Committee’s petition to end receivership and receipt of Superintendent/Receiver Anthony Soto’s letter recommending that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) begin the transition to exit receivership in a careful and highly planned manner.
    3. School Committee Retreat- 
  • Superintendent/ Receiver Reports
    1. Panorama Survey
  • NEW BUSINESS 
  1. NEASC Report (FYI)
  • ONGOING BUSINESS 
    1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
      1.  12.18.2023 Minutes (Draft)
    2. Updates from Sub-Committees
      1. Policy
      2. Finance Subcommittee
      3. Joint City Council/School Committee
      4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Sub-Committee- 
      5. Sub-Committee Packets – Packets to Sub-Committee members only or full committee (tabled from last meeting)
    3. Attendance/Chronic Absenteeism Update (FYI)
    4. Staffing Update (FYI – Includes impact on SPED Services)
    5. Out-of-State Field Trips-Out of state field trip request (Metcalf) 
    6. Student Activity Approval (N/A) 
    7. Referral / Discipline Data (FYI)
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS –
    1. Middle School Building Committee- Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 6:00pm 
    2. Attendance Celebration For the District- Wednesday, January 31, 2024- Sullivan School- 5:00pm
    3. DPAC meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 6:00pm  

 

The listing 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.

*The Holyoke Public Schools makes available a public discussion period for persons in the audience to address the Committee on specific agenda items.  In order to hear as many speakers as possible, the Committee asks individuals to continue their remarks for two (2) minutes.  Any person wishing to submit longer testimony should give copies to the Committee Secretary before the meeting so that they may be distributed to Committee members.  The speaker can then summarize this testimony at the meeting within the two (2) minute time period.  Persons wishing to speak should register with the Committee Secretary immediately before the meeting begins.  Individuals who request specific items to be included on the Committee’s agenda should mail a written request fifteen (15) days in advance of a Committee meeting date to Shaena Gubala, in care of the Receiver’s Office, 57 Suffolk Street, Holyoke, MA  01040.

 

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