WSESU Policy and Amendment Committee

Policy and Amendment Committee

February 27, 2023 at 2:30pm
At the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street, Brattleboro

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Revised AGENDA
I. Approval of Minutes from 2/6/23
Confirm date for next meeting

II. Update
F10 – Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect (3rd Reading 2/14/23)
F35 – School Animal Policy (2nd Reading 2/14/23)
III. Review as a 1st Reading for presentation to the Board on 2/28
F2 (D17) Policy on Nondiscriminatory Mascots and School Branding

IV. Review procedures for communication between the Central Office and this committee

V. Continue Review

H7 Leadership Councils
LSP1 (F42) Student Dress Code

VI. New Business
G8 Local Action Plan
(Consider D1, D2 Professional Development, and G1 Curriculum Development and
Coordination as working components of G8)
D1 Personnel-Recruitment, Selection, Appointment, and Background Checks
(Regarding including students in the hiring process)

VII. Construct Agenda for next meeting

Meeting to conclude at 4:30.

Note: these proposed minutes should be considered preliminary until they are approved by the
committee at a future meeting.
Windham Southeast School District Policy and Amendment Committee
Tuesday, February 6, 2023
Regular meeting 2:30 PM
Hybrid meeting: WSESU Central Office, 53 Green St., Brattleboro VT and Remotely via Zoom
Draft Minutes

Policy and Amendment Committee Members present: Deborah Stanford (DS), Chair, Tim Maciel (TM), Liz Adams (LA), Anne Beekman (AB), Shaun Murphy (SM)
WSESD/SU Staff and Administrators present: Mark Speno, Paul Smith, Mo Hart, Mikaela Simms, Keith Lyman, Barb Nowakowski
Others present: David Schoales, Carrie Dix, Maggie Foley
Call to Order
The Meeting was called to order by DS at 2:36 PM

I Approval of Minutes

Minutes of January 23, 2023 were approved by assent.

The Committee scheduled the next meeting for February 27, 2023 at 2:30 PM.

II Update

F21 Policy on the Use of Restraint and Seclusion was readopted by the WSESD board on January 24, 2023

III Conclude Edits
F10 Reporting Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
Add: If the Superintendent is the person suspected of child abuse or neglect, the report shall be made to DCF and the chairpersons of the WSESD and WSESU school boards.
To be presented for a 3rd reading at the February 14, 2023 board meeting.

F3 School Animal Policy
To be presented for 2nd reading at the February 14, 2023 board meeting.

III Continue review

LSP1 Student Dress Code
Tabled pending further feedback from stakeholders

H7 Leadership Councils
Remove: “during the first year of Union Unified School District operation.”
Letter of interest requirement
Add: “All Leadership Council appointment recommendations will be presented to the Superintendent for presentation to the Board.”
October appointment date
“Said term shall be renewable with approval of the Leadership Council.”
The Council shall appoint a chair and a clerk.
The Chair shall not be the Principal of the school.
Leadership Councils shall use Robert’s Rules of Order for Small Boards.
Minutes of Leadership Council meetings shall be submitted within five (5) days.

Further topics for discussion regarding Leadership Councils:
– Formalization of process for feedback to the Board
-The role of Board Members as representatives to the Leadership Councils
-Further training and orientation to LC members

IV New Business
Tabled until next meeting

V Next agenda (2.27.23)
H7 Leadership Councils – Business of the Councils
LSP1 Student Dress Code
G8 Local Action Plan

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 by DS.
Respectfully submitted by Anne Beekman, Committee Clerk

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