Augusta School Department
POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING
January 11, 2021
Committee Members Present: Staci Fortunato-Chair, Kimberly Martin; Kati McCormick
Other Board Members Present: Jennifer Dumond, Pia Holmes, Kevin Lamoreau, Amanda Olson, Martha Witham
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Katy Grondin, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Stewart Brittner, Kathy Casparius, Sarah Landry, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette, Susan Walters
Motion by Kimberly Martin to nominate Staci Fortunato as chair of the Policy Committee, second by Kati McCormick, so moved 3-0.
1. Review revised policy GDPC: Retirement Benefits for Central Office Staff.
The committee discussed this policy and had further questions regarding retirement coverage. Ms. Grondin will research and bring the policy back to the next committee meeting.
2. Review Drummond Woodsum Affirmative Action Plan memo and sample policy template.
The assistant superintendent will note possible revisions to the current policy based on the
Drummond Woodsum information.
Ms. Grondin went over the changes she made to the Affirmative Action policy based on the Drummond Woodsum template. The goals not related to human resources or hiring practices were deleted. She will get advice from legal counsel around questions the committee had on protected classes and discrimination. She will edit the policy and bring it back to the next committee meeting for further review.
3. Review revised policy ADAA: School System Commitment to Standards for Ethical and
Responsible Behavior and cross reference policies JIC: Student Code of Conduct and JKD:
Suspension of Students.
Revised policy ADAA
Existing policy JIC
MSMA’s sample policy JIC
Existing policy JKD
MSMA’s sample policy JKD
Ms. Grondin explained that when the committee reviewed/approved policy ADAA at the last meeting it lead to reviewing the policies connected to ADAA. She reviewed with the committee the recommended changes to the policies using MSMA sample policies. In-school suspensions will be added to policy JKD and policies JKD and JIC will be shared with administrators to make sure we have the correct language around in-school suspension.
4. Review revised policy ADC: Tobacco-Free Schools: Use and Possession of Tobacco and
Electronic Smoking Devices and cross referenced policies JICA: Student Dress, JL: Student
Wellness, KF: Community Use of School Facilities and KHB: Advertising in Schools.
Revised policy ADC
Existing policy JICA
MSMA’s sample policy JICA
Existing policy JL
MSMA’s sample policy JL
Existing policy KF
MSMA’s sample policy KF
Existing policy KHB
MSMA’s sample policy KHB
The policies connected to policy ADC were all reviewed recently. Ms. Grondin went over the suggested changes. She does not recommend any changes to policy JL: Student Wellness. It will be reviewed again in 2022. No recommended changes for policy KF: Community Use of School Facilities. Ms. Fortunato would like policy KHD referenced in policy KHB.
5. Review existing policy BB: School Board Legal Status and MSMA’s sample policy BB:
School Board Legal Status.
Existing policy BB
MSMA’s sample policy BB
Ms. Grondin reviewed the City Charter and updated policy BB.
6. Review existing policy BDB: Board Officers.
Existing policy BDB
No changes are recommended to policy BDB. Committee members would like all the above policies to be “cleaned up” and brought back to the next committee meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 6:28 p.m.