Planning committee members to be named

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JAY — School Committee members voted Thursday to have the superintendent and board chairwoman meet with RSU 36 superintendent and board chairman to develop a list of people to be on a 10-member regional planning committee led by a nonvoting chairperson. They would need to have that list of names together to serve on the regional planning committee by May 21.

The planning committee would take recommendations from working advisory committees that would study assigned tasks and make recommendations for a school consolidation plan between Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls.

The third draft of the regional planning committee would consist of the nonvoting chairman, three town managers/administrators one from each town, two teachers recommended by teachers’ union, chairpersons of each school board and three business people identified by town managers/administrator.

The RPC has no community members at large — one from each town — as the initial planning committee had that put the first consolidation plan together . That plan was rejected by voters in all three towns in January 2009.

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RSU 36 directors will also review the proposed school unit worksheet.

“We did not have subcommittees before. We’re going to take recommendations of subcommittees and rehash them at the (regional planning committee) and we (the RPC) will make the final recommendation and we’ll put the plan together,“ Jay Committee Chairwoman Mary Redmond-Luce said.

Suggested timeline components, under the regional school unit worksheet presented at the Jay School Committee meeting Thursday, suggests that school directors serve on one sub-committee. Sub-committees be chaired by administrators. And parents, students, community members, school staff and those with particular expertise related to the committee work identified be contacted to serve on subcommittees. Residents from all three community indicated in surveys that they would be willing to serve on committees to help develop the plan.

A draft plan would need to be developed by Sept. 24, 2010, and a final plan submitted by Nov. 5, 2010.

A vote on the plan would need to take place in January 2011 so that work could begin with a transition committee to follow through with the plan to have the new school system operational by July 1, 2011.

There is a 45-day time component to hold a referendum puts the plan being completed in November with several informational meetings being held in October.

The working advisory committees that would be set up, according to a worksheet, are finance, teaching/learning, administrative leadership, facilities/maintenance plan, technology plan, sports/ethos/activities plan, transportation plan, personnel/staff plan(s), governance/policies and procedure drafts.

Most of the committees call for six members and a chair except for administrative leadership that would consist of three members and a chair and governance/policies and procedure drafts that would have four members and a chairperson.

In other business, School Committee members voted to appoint Felicia Greenleaf serve as the student school committee representative for two years for the school years of 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Committee members conducted interviews with three student candidates in executive sessions prior to making the decision.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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