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WMRSD board retains Strategic Planning Committee rules



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WHITEFIELD — The school board voted at its Monday, Feb. 8, meeting to keep in place the Rules of Governance under which its Strategic Planning Committee operates. A motion made by school board member Randy Boggess failed, 1 to 6. His motion was designed to change the Rules set on Sept. 22, 2015, by only allowing its three board members — Boggess, Peter Riviere and vice chairman Mollie White — to participate as "ex officio, passive members" — observers to the proceedings. The Rules were drawn up and adopted in Sept. at the same time as the Committee's charge. The Rules state that the Strategic Planning Committee SHALL: (1) conduct meetings transparently and keep all interaction open; all meetings will be open to the Public; (2) elect their own chair with a minimum of three quarters of the membership present (School Board Representative cannot serve as Chair); (3) Record minutes from meetings and account for all correspondence; (4) Committee member participation will be publically listed; (5) Make periodic reports to the board as part of the public session. The selection of three board members' was then also determined, along with four Central Office employees — Superintendent Dr. Marion Anastasia, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hough, Special Education Director, and Facilities Director Rick Vashaw — plus WMRHS principal Mike Berry. Volunteers from various public stakeholder groups were sought and later appointed, including WMRHS student Tyler Welch and another four District employees: para-educators Ken Russell and Bill Jones, plus AD Kerry Brady, and IT director Jeremy Noyes. Boggess' motion was apparently made in response to his hearing that some members of the public mistakenly believe that school board members are driving its agenda toward a predetermined outcome, potentially reducing future community "buy-in." Turning the three board members into overseers would help maintain the integrity of the Committee and the "data" and information it gathers, ultimately help to gain the public's support for whatever the Committee formally reports and recommends to the school board. School board member Becky Matthews said that although she could understand worrying about the public's perception that there could be school board manipulation, she also pointed out that former school board member and Jefferson town moderator Lynne Holland has a stellar reputation for "running a very tight ship." Holland chaired the District's recent Superintendent search committee that led to Dr. Anastasia's appointment. When asked for his opinion, Holt said he would hate to see some of special strengths that board members have be put off limits because of a rule change. "We need to be able to use everybody's expertise," said board member Jim Brady. "I'd hate to see those three board members totally uninvolved." Detailed information on the WMRSD Strategic Planning Committee is available on the SAU 36 website (click on the puzzle piece on left), including its charge which is to fulfill the following as part of their responsibilities to the School Board and Stakeholders at large: Committee will provide the WMRSD School Board with recommendations to include a proposed mission statement, vision, values, and goals regarding the School Board's development of a long-term strategic plan and Strategic Action Plan. The committee will engage district stakeholders to include parents, taxpayers, community business leaders, District teachers, and District administrative and support staff to ensure equity and buy-in at all levels of the plan that will be proposed. (click for larger version)
February 17, 2016
WHITEFIELD — The school board voted at its Monday, Feb. 8, meeting to keep in place the Rules of Governance under which its Strategic Planning Committee operates.

A motion made by school board member Randy Boggess failed, 1 to 6.

His motion was designed to change the Rules set on Sept. 22, 2015, by only allowing its three board members — Boggess, Peter Riviere and vice chairman Mollie White — to participate as "ex officio, passive members" — observers to the proceedings.

The Rules were drawn up and adopted in Sept. at the same time as the Committee's charge.

The Rules state that the Strategic Planning Committee SHALL: (1) conduct meetings transparently and keep all interaction open; all meetings will be open to the Public; (2) elect their own chair with a minimum of three quarters of the membership present (School Board Representative cannot serve as Chair); (3) Record minutes from meetings and account for all correspondence; (4) Committee member participation will be publically listed; (5) Make periodic reports to the board as part of the public session.

The selection of three board members' was then also determined, along with four Central Office employees — Superintendent Dr. Marion Anastasia, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hough, Special Education Director, and Facilities Director Rick Vashaw — plus WMRHS principal Mike Berry.

Volunteers from various public stakeholder groups were sought and later appointed, including WMRHS student Tyler Welch and another four District employees: para-educators Ken Russell and Bill Jones, plus AD Kerry Brady, and IT director Jeremy Noyes.

Boggess' motion was apparently made in response to his hearing that some members of the public mistakenly believe that school board members are driving its agenda toward a predetermined outcome, potentially reducing future community "buy-in." Turning the three board members into overseers would help maintain the integrity of the Committee and the "data" and information it gathers, ultimately help to gain the public's support for whatever the Committee formally reports and recommends to the school board.

School board member Becky Matthews said that although she could understand worrying about the public's perception that there could be school board manipulation, she also pointed out that former school board member and Jefferson town moderator Lynne Holland has a stellar reputation for "running a very tight ship."

Holland chaired the District's recent Superintendent search committee that led to Dr. Anastasia's appointment.

When asked for his opinion, Holt said he would hate to see some of special strengths that board members have be put off limits because of a rule change.

"We need to be able to use everybody's expertise," said board member Jim Brady. "I'd hate to see those three board members totally uninvolved."

Detailed information on the WMRSD Strategic Planning Committee is available on the SAU 36 website (click on the puzzle piece on left), including its charge which is to fulfill the following as part of their responsibilities to the School Board and Stakeholders at large: Committee will provide the WMRSD School Board with recommendations to include a proposed mission statement, vision, values, and goals regarding the School Board's development of a long-term strategic plan and Strategic Action Plan. The committee will engage district stakeholders to include parents, taxpayers, community business leaders, District teachers, and District administrative and support staff to ensure equity and buy-in at all levels of the plan that will be proposed.

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