PUBLIC HEARING ON REGIONAL SCHOOL BUDGET SCHEDULED FOR MAY 14

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A public hearing on the school budget will be held virtually via Zoom webcast at the meeting of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee on Thursday May 14.  The school committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM.  A public comment session is scheduled from 6:40 to 6:55.

Members of the public who would like to submit public comments to the Committee can do so by sending an email message, or an audio or visual file of their public comments to Acting Chair Allison McDonald at McdonaldA@arps.org or by leaving a voicemail at 413-345-2949. Regardless of method, the comments need to be submitted by 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 14 with the Subject listed as “Public Comment”. The message should also include their full name and town of residence. Public comments will be either shown on the screen for viewing or played at the meeting for no more than 3 minutes per comment. All public comments submitted will become part of the public record. 

A presentation and public hearing on the budget is scheduled from 7:10-7:30.  It was not clear from the announcement whether additional public comment or questions would be permitted during the public hearing. 

The full agenda for the meeting is listed below.

Meeting of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee 6:30 PM Thursday, May 14, 2020 Virtual Meeting NOTES: This meeting will be shown via live-stream on Amherst Media (Channel 15) All times listed below are approximate 

AGENDA

1.
Reorganization.

2. Call to Order and Approve Minutes of April 28, 2020 6:30 p.m. 

3. Public Comment 6:40 p.m. 

Members of the public who would like to submit public comments to the Committee can do so by sending an email message, or an audio or visual file of their public comments to Acting Chair Allison McDonald at McdonaldA@arps.org or by leaving a voicemail at 413-345-2949. Regardless of method, the comments need to be submitted by 3:00 PM on Thursday, May 14 with the Subject listed as “Public Comment”. The message should also include their full name and town of residence. Public comments will be either shown on the screen for viewing or played at the meeting for no more than 3 minutes per comment. All public comments submitted will become part of the public record. 

4. Superintendent’s Update 6:55 p.m. 

5. Chair’s Update 7:05 p.m. 

6. New and Continuing Business 

a. FY21 Budget: Presentation and Hearing 7:10 p.m. 

b. Superintendent Evaluation: Finalize Instrument 7:30 p.m. 

c. COVID-19/School Update 7:35 p.m. 

d. Consideration of a Draft Resolution for Increased Federal Funding 7:45 p.m. 

e. Approve Warrants 7:55 p.m. 

7. Accept Gifts 8:00 p.m. 

8. Future Planning 8:05 p.m. 

9. Adjourn to executive session with no plans to return to open meeting for the 8:10 p.m. purpose of discussing strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation (APEA, UFCW, 5-Star, Kuzmeskus) if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares (MA GL Chapter 30A; section 21 (a)3). 

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