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School Committee Meeting February 28

by Yvette Cain
March 2, 2019

The School Committee open session met on Thursday evening in the HHS Library.

The School Committee open session met on Thursday evening in the HHS Library. 

Chair Stacey Raffi opened the meeting by introducing guest Ann King, special educator, along with student volunteers and special athlete Joseph Whalen.  These guests spoke about Holliston’s hosting of 5 Town (Medway, Medfield, Millis, Holliston and Ashland) School Day Games, part of MA Special Olympics that will be held on March 22, at the Holliston HS Field House.  This year is the 7th year of Holliston’s involvement in the event that will feature the sport of hockey. Previous year sports featured track and field, basketball, football, or soccer. 

One hundred ten special athletes representing five towns and grades 3-high school along with Best Buddies volunteers will engage in sports skill stations including a partner pass and move, an obstacle course, stick handling, and goal scoring.  The day will begin at 9:15 AM, when a parade steps off from Stoddard Park and progresses through town with first responders, fire trucks, and police officers.  Opening ceremonies begin at HHS at 10:00 AM.  Raffi wished them all a great time. (The Holliston Reporter will cover this event.)

John Valentin of Washington Street gave public comment.  He requested that the Committee consider vetting future public school speakers.

Student representatives Mary Devoe and Aine Powers listed current HHS activities:  sports banquets, progress reports, AP course registration (beginning March 1), and a student written one act play in competition this weekend. 

Members of the committee noted other February activities including a middle school student project that garnered a finalist spot in competition, a Diverse Holliston meeting with speaker Dr. Roland Davis, an 8th grade English class visit by Brendan Randolph, and the Board of Selectmen’s support of the Committee’s proposal to submit a Statement of Interest to the MA School Building Authority that Dr. Jackson will submit by April 12.

Committee member Ann Louise Hanstad presented the budget sub-committee’s recommendations.  The sub-committee supports Dr. Jackson’s recommendations of his FY2020 budget.  The School Committee will vote on this budget at next week’s meeting on March 7, at 7:00 PM to give members time to review.  On March 12, at 7:30 PM, the SC budget will be presented to the Finance Committee.

 

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