School Committee Meeting Minutes 05/07/2018

Farmington River Regional School District

Farmington River Elementary School

555 North Main Road, Otis, MA 01253

Monday May 7, 2018

Meeting #361




Members Present:  Nick DellaGiustina, Jessica Drenga, Hillary Howard, Carol Lombardo, Billie Pachulski, John Skrip, Arlene Tolopko, Tom Nadolny,  and Eric Jesner


Absent:  None


Guests:  None


Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:05P.M. by the chair, Nicholas DellaGiustina.


Community Participation:  none


  1. Approval of Minutes of Meeting #360: The minutes of Meeting #360 were approved as submitted.  Motioned by Jessica Drenga, and seconded by Arlene Tolopko.  Vote was unanimous.  


  1. Principal/Superintendent monthly update: Tom informed the School Committee that we

     are still looking to fill the teaching positions that are open from the retirees.  The ads have

been posted for a few weeks with little response.  Rachel Canon would like to apply for the

SPED teaching position and Katherine Graham would like to transfer to the younger students.

Both will be applying for the positions as well as outside candidates.


Tom updated the Committee about the field trips coming up.  He just wanted to double check

with the Committee to see if he needs to approve out of state trips.  There is no need as long

as it is not a sleepover.


Carol asked for an update on the busing issue.  Tom stated all has been taken care of on our

end, and Dufour did not keep their end of the agreement.  Tom talked with Dufour and the

student will not be held responsible for Dufour’s lack of follow through.


Arlene brought to the attention of the Committee that one of the parents/guardians was

unhappy with the Committee for not expressing more concern or question the decision that

the Principal made regarding the busing issue brought up in last week’s meeting.  Nicholas

DellaGiustina reminded the Committee that all issues are to go through the proper channels of

communication.  Tom was taking care of the problem and further investigation was necessary.

If at that point the parents were not satisfied, then the complaint is more than welcome to be

presented to the School Committee.


  1. Discuss Teacher participation with School Committee Meetings: Carol Lombardo wanted

     to discuss the possibility of having the teachers come in and give their perspective on how the

2017-2018 school year went.  The Committee all thought it was a great idea and will extend

an invitation to the teachers to join the Committee at the June meeting.


  1. Lee Tuition: Eric Jesner just wanted the School Committee to know that Lee increased the

tuition 3%.  The agreement was sent to Eric.  The School Committee was pleased by the



  1. Financial Update: Eric Jesner updated the Committee with the expenditures.  We do a

surplus, which will help with certain repairs that is needed to update/ maintain the school.

All reports are attached to the minutes here at the school if anyone wants to look at them.


Auditors want to see us compile our policy and procedure files.  Jane did do this recently.

Auditors also, want Eric to present journal entry reports for the Committee to review.

Berkshire County Retirement wanted to inform us that there is potential for a change of

percentage the retirees pay in.  They all need to be on the same rate/level.  The Committee

may have to vote on an established retiree contribution rate which is the same for all



  1. Unanticipated topics for discussion: None


Adjourn:  Motion to adjourn the meeting by Carol Lombard, seconded by Arlene Tolopko.  Unanimous, 7:40pm.



Respectfully submitted,


Teresa DellaGiustina, secretary