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School Committee

Sep 21 2020

6:00 pm Remote by Zoom

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*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 AT 6:00 PM ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY, VIA ZOOM, AND CAN BE ACCESSED VIA LIVE STREAM HERE https://boxcast.tv/view/school-committee-336788 AND CAN BE VIEWED ON HOLYOKE COMMUNITY ACCESS CHANNEL 12. LIVE SPANISH TRANSLATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE HOLYOKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/holyokepublicschools 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE AGENDA

*On March 12, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order modifying certain requirements of the Open Meeting Law, to enable public bodies to carry out their responsibilities while adhering to public health recommendations regarding social distancing.

The Executive Order relieves public bodies from the requirement in the Open Meeting Law that meetings be conducted in a public place that is open and physically accessible to the public, provided that the public body makes provision to ensure public access to the deliberations of the public body through adequate, alternative means. “Adequate, alternative means” may include, without limitation, providing public access through telephone, internet, or satellite enabled audio or video conferencing or any other technology that enables the public to clearly follow the proceedings of the public body in real time. 

In addition, all members of a public body may participate in a meeting remotely; the Open Meeting Law’s requirement that a quorum of the body and the chair be physically present at the meeting location is suspended.

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR FORMER MAYOR MARTY DUNN

 

  1. STUDENT SHOWCASE - HOLYOKE HIGH SCHOOL DEAN CAMPUS - ELECTRICAL SHOP
  • Instructor Luis Arroyo and Senior Student Marcus Tenesaca.  

 

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT

Members of the public wishing to submit public comment can email lizlafond@hps.holyoke.ma.us no later than 3:00 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2020. Comments will either be displayed or read during the meeting.

 

  1. COMMUNICATIONS & REPORTS
  • Update on Start of 2020-2021 School Year
  • School Choice Update
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

 

  1. NEW BUSINESS
  •  Selection of Voting Delegate and Alternate Delegate to MASC Annual Meeting 

 

  1. ONGOING BUSINESS

 

  1. ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

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 to two (2) minutes.  Any person wishing to submit longer testimony should give copies to the Committee Secretary before the meeting so that it 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 Liz Lafond, in care of the Receiver’s Office, 57 Suffolk Street, Holyoke, MA  01040.

 

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