WSESU Policy & Amendment Committee Agenda and Minutes

Policy and Amendment Committee
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 3:00pm
in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room
53 Green Street, Brattleboro

Topic: Policy and Amendment Committee

Time: Jul 12, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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I Approval of Minutes from 6/27/22
II. Review
F22 Student Assessment
C7 Board Relations with the Administrators
III. Continue discussion of edits
D12: Policy on Prevention of Harassment of Employees
F24 Firearms and Dangerous or Deadly Weapons
IV. Update re request for information
D3: Staffing and Job Descriptions
D7: Volunteers and Work Study Students
D9: Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace

V. New Business with Proposed Edits
H1: School-Community Relations
D10: Resignations
F26 Participation of Home Study Students in School Programs and Activities
F30 Pupil Privacy Rights

VI. Committee to Prioritize Backlog of Critical Issues
F1: Student Conduct and Discipline (Hold pending review of all related policies)
H7 Leadership Councils
D1 Personnel-Recruitment, Selection, Appointment, and Background Checks Regarding including students in the hiring process
F23 Policy on Prevention of Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying of Students Review of Committee Work and Reporting of Issues to full Board
N.B. Edit policies in accordance with gender neutral terms – they, them, theirs (he/she) as well as parents and caregivers (mother/father)
Meeting to conclude at 4:30.


Windham Southeast Supervisory District (WSESD) Board
Policy and Amendment Committee
53 Green St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Tuesday, June 27, 2022

Members attending: Deborah Stanford (DST, Chair), David Schoales (DS, Vice Chair), Shaun Murphy (SM), Tim Maciel (TM, Clerk), Liz Adams (LA, via phone and Zoom),
Guests attending: Barbara Nowakowski (BN, Central Office), Jaime Contois (JC, member of public, via phone), Virginia Ray (VR, via phone), Mark Speno (MS)

DST announced technical problems with Zoom may prohibit connections for some. BN posted a revised agenda containing a new Zoom link on WSESD webpage. DS suggested that DST contact Gary about the possibility of using the same Zoom address for every P&A meeting.

DST convened the meeting at 3:06 pm.

DST amended agenda in order to revisit B3, Conflict of Interest later in the meeting.

Minutes of P&A meeting approved. Moved by SM, seconded by TM.


F12: Transportation.

DS moved to accept policy with no changes.

JC suggested addition of time traveled. Others noted it was implicit in the current policy.

Committee agreed to put forth F12 to the full board for first reading.

G14: Animal Dissection.

No changes, but pronouns in all policies reviewed will be changed to gender neutral “they/them.”

Committee agreed to put forth F12 to the full board for first reading.

D15: Travel Reimbursement

No changes.

Committee agreed to put forth D15 to the full board for first reading.

F6: Education Records: Travel Reimbursement

Committee agreed to accept recommended amendments by VSBA.

Committee agreed to put forth F6 with amendments to the full board for first reading.

B3: Conflict of Interest

DS moved to accept additions to policy requiring a board member to notify the chair “prior to the executive session” and to “refrain from speaking or voting on the matter” at hand. General agreement with the motion.

Committee agreed to put forth B3 with amendments to the full board for second reading.

D6: Substitute Teachers

BN: Noted that committee had agreed to keep section re. background checks.

Discussion of orientation for substitute teachers.

Substitute Teacher Policy. All substitute teachers will receive Substitute Handbook which will
include district Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals and policy on Harassment, Hazing and

Committee agreed to put forth D6 to full board for first reading with no changes.

A1: Role and Adoption of Policy

General agreement to keep original title, “Role and Adoption of Policy” and to accept the policy with changes noted in previous P&A meeting (add “in compliance with VT statute 563.1, the Board retains authority to approve or disapprove procedures” after “Procedures” (p.1, para. 3). Change “When the School District board” to “When the School Board Policy and Amendment committee” (p.1, para. 5).

Committee agreed to put forth A1 to full board for first reading with amendments.

D9: Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace

Discussion of term “illegal” and possibility of legalization of marijuana continued from previous meeting.

DST will consult with Pietro Lynn on term “illegal” noted in the policy.

F24: Firearms

DST put F24 on hold until next meeting.

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