Town of Groton
Meeting Notice

Town Clerk
173 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450
(978) 448-1100

Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 13 2020 at 6:00 PM
Other: See Agenda, Specified in Agenda ,

This meeting was posted Monday, May 11 2020 at 3:01 PM


Groton-Dunstable Regional School District
May 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM
ZOOM Conferencing -
Posted: 5.11.20/1:30 PM
Regular School Committee Meeting w/ Executive Session
Anticipated1 Agenda2
6:00 PM
I. Call to Order -
Vote to enter into Executive Session to conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion
personnel or to conduct collective bargaining sessions or contract negotiations with nonunion personnel in
accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30A, Sec. 21 a-2. (Administration Contracts) and to discuss strategy with respect to
collective bargaining or litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating
position of the public body and the chair so declares in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30A, 21 a-3. (Unit A, Unit
C, Unit D). Return to regular session.
6:30 PM - Regular Session
II. Reports
A. Assistant Superintendent
1. Remote Learning - Update
2. School Handbook Approval - Discussion/VOTE
a) Elementary (only additions on pg. 6-7 highlighted in yellow).
b) Middle (no changes)
c) High School (addition on pg. 8, 24, and 38).
3. Student Opportunity Act - Discussion/VOTE
B. Director of Business & Finance
1. Student Activities Account - Discussion/VOTE
C. Superintendent
1. School Choice - Discussion/VOTE
D. Chair
1. School Committee & District Goals/Reflection of Progress - Update
2. Superintendent Evaluation - Discussion
3. Graduation Date - Discussion/Vote
III. Approval of Minutes - 5.6.20
IV. Vote to Approve Warrant
V. New Business
VI. Adjourn
1 The listing of topics that the Chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting is not intended as a guarantee of the topics that will be
discussed. Not all topics listed may, in fact be discussed and other topics not listed may be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.
2 Votes may be taken at any time during the meeting
Note: action items will be handled as business is presented
Please note: Meeting content, start times and duration are subject to change.
Groton-Dunstable Regional School District School Committee
Rules for Questions and Comments from the Public
A School Committee business meeting is a meeting of a governmental body at which members deliberate over public business. We
welcome your attendance at the Committee’s regular business meetings.
The School Committee encourages the public to participate on issues that affect them or the school district and are within the scope of
the Committee’s responsibilities. Therefore, the Committee has set aside time at each business meeting to receive questions and
comments from the public. In addition, if the Committee believes that an issue requires additional dialogue with the community, the
Committee may schedule a separate public meeting on that issue or add it to a future agenda.
Any citizen wishing to make a longer presentation to the School Committee on an item that is of interest to him/her, and that is within
the scope of the Committee’s responsibilities, may request time for that presentation on the agenda of a future meeting. Such a request
should be in writing (e.g., email) and should be communicated to the Chair and Superintendent. Together they will determine whether
or not to place the item on a regular meeting agenda, or whether additional information is needed to make that decision. If an item is
accepted for an upcoming agenda, the time, duration, format, handout material, etc.will be coordinated with the presenter.
The general rules for the School Committee’s public question and comment period follows:
1. Public questions and comments shall generally follow the presentations section of the meeting. However, the Committee
reserves the right to rearrange its agenda to accommodate special circumstances.
2. Any citizens wishing to speak before the Committee shall identify himself/herself by name and may speak for up to three
minutes. At a typical meeting, only 10 minutes are allocated for questions and comments. Therefore, a large number of
citizens can be satisfactorily accommodated only if notification is provided to the Chair and Superintendent well in advance of
the meeting. No citizen may speak more than once without permission of the Chair. All citizens shall speak to the full
Committee through the Chair and shall not address individual members or administrators.
3. Individuals may comment on any item within the scope of responsibilities of the School Committee. It is expected that
questions or comments will be made in a productive manner and with common courtesy.
4. An organized group of citizens appearing at a meeting to express favor or opposition to a particular agenda item should
designate one member of their group as spokesperson to be heard on the topic. Additional members will be heard as time
5. The period of public questions and comments is not an opportunity for a debate between citizens and the Committee. It is a
citizen’s opportunity to express his/her opinion on issues of Committee business, ask questions, get clarification, and, if time
allows, to engage in limited discussion. The Committee and/or district administrators may not be prepared to respond
immediately, in which case the Chair may ask a citizen to submit her/his question in writing to the appropriate person or
body so that the matter is given its proper consideration. Follow-up actions may include researching and communicating the
answer or having an agenda item added to a future meeting.
6. The Chair may rule any individual who fails to honor these guidelines as out of order.
If you are unable to attend a particular meeting to ask a question or make a comment, or would prefer to make a written comment, you
are encouraged to submit your comment either by email, , or by calling the district’s Administrative Assistant,
978-448-5505, x3814.
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A Section 20f governs public participation at open meetings of municipal governmental
Chapter 30A: Section 20f Regulation of participation by public in open meetings
Section 20f. No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the chair, and all persons shall, at the request
of the chair, be silent. No person shall disrupt the proceedings of a meeting of a public body. If, after clear warning from the chair,
a person continues to disrupt the proceedings, the chair may order the person to withdraw from the meeting and if the person does
not withdraw, the chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person from the meeting.
Note: action items will be handled as business is presented
Please note: Meeting content, start times and duration are subject to change.

The listing of topics that the Chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting is not intended as a guarantee of the topics that will have been discussed. Not all topics listed may in fact be discussed, and other topics not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.