Posted 3:05 p.m. Updated 4:21 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – President Priscila Sousa recently named the seven sub-committees of the Framingham School Board.
There are 9 elected school committee members and seven sub-committees for this 2022-23 term. Each sub-committee has four members.
The chair of the school committee has the power to appoint the chair of each of the seven sub-committees.
The city council president had this authority in its first legislative session in 2018–19, but in the second session, the city council voted to remove this authority and each subcommittee of the city council votes on its own president.
In January, Sousa was elected president by an 8-0-1 vote, with District 7 School Committee member Tiffanie Maskell abstaining.
District 4 School Board member Adam Freudberg was the School Board Chair, since it expanded to 9 district members and since Framingham became a town in 2018.
Freudberg was named chairman of the finance and operations subcommittee by Sousa.
Each year, the “Sub-Committee reviews the current year’s budget book and makes recommendations, if any, for any necessary improvements to the upcoming year’s budget book. The sub-committee may deal with other financial matters referred to it by the chair of the school committee or the school committee as a whole. The sub-committee will also be responsible for the preparation of appropriate reports by the FPS on food services and transportation. »
Other subcommittee members are Sousa, District 2 School Committee member Ricky Finlay, and District 3 School Committee member Jennifer Moshe.
Maskell was reappointed chair of the policy subcommittee. Moshe, District 1 member Beverly Hugo, and District 8 member Jessica Barnhill join her on the subcommittee.
Barnhill was elected vice-chairman of the school committee in a 9-0 vote.
The Policy Sub-Committee will work with the FPS administration to develop and recommend new and revised policies to the entire school committee, and will be responsible for ensuring that our online policy manual is updated. It should remain a standing subcommittee. During the political portion of school committee plenary meetings, the chair of the political subcommittee will chair the meeting. »
Finlay was named chairman of the Building & Grounds subcommittee. Other committee members are Barnhill, District 6 member Valerie Ottaviani, and District 9 member Willie LaBarge.
This sub-committee will tackle plans for a Southside Elementary School.
The purpose of the B&G subcommittee is to “develop reports on the condition of FPS buildings and grounds, including ongoing maintenance and repairs, develop long-term plans and proposals for the renovation and replacement of buildings and to advise the Department of Buildings and Grounds on facility planning, capital projects and related matters.
The subcommittee also “performs a review of capital budget requests before they are presented to the full school committee.”
Where appropriate, the subcommittee works with district leaders and the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals to assess projected student enrollments both district-wide and school-by-school based on future residential development. , and ensure that short-term projects and long-term plans are developed to ensure that the capacity of the school system meets the needs of our student population.This sub-committee should pay particular attention to all plans school improvement plan to ensure consistency in the management of necessary building improvements.”
School committee vice-chairman Barnhill was named chair of the teaching and learning sub-committee. Barnhill is a full-time educator at Natick Public Schools.
Hugo, Ottaviani and Maskell will join her on the committee.
The Teaching and Learning Subcommittee works with the District Teaching and Learning Office and other administrators “to develop and/or refine reports that address various aspects of student achievement, emphasizing student achievement and accountability.
This report should include, but not be limited to:
- course availability and placement
- performance on standardized tests
- student attendance
- conduct and discipline
- graduation and post-secondary success
“This report should include all student cohorts (e.g. General Education, Special Education, English Learners (EL), Bilingual, Gifted and Talented (SAGE) Learners, etc.). These reports should be reviewed by the subcommittee and management on a regular basis so that the directors can determine the actions to be taken by the administration and the members of the subcommittee can determine the recommended actions to be considered by entire school committee,” according to the description of the committee. of the subcommittee.
Ottaviani, a newly elected member of the District 6 school committee, will chair the health and wellness subcommittee. She is a full-time intensive care and critical care nurse.
She will be joined on the committee by Finlay, Freudberg and LaBarge.
“In addition to COVID-19 issues, the subcommittee works with” administration, staff and student governance, and other student organizations, to develop reports on physical, social, and emotions of students and staff and to make appropriate recommendations to the full school committee. Areas included in the scope of this subcommittee include, but are not limited to: vaping; alcohol consumption; smoking; use of other drugs or substances; nutrition, physical activities – including sporting activities of all kinds, including varsity, junior varsity and intramural sports; transportation, including alignment with student schedules; facilities; threats posed by IAS; stressors and stress management; homework charges; aligning school start times with student biorhythms; absenteeism; the classroom environment.
Moshe, a newly elected member of the District 3 School Committee, will chair the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion subcommittee. Sousa, who was the chairman last term, is a committee member with Freudberg & LaBarge.
This subcommittee is responsible for developing “standardized, comprehensive, and timely reports that allow the school committee to have a full understanding of the district’s current equity performance in all appropriate areas, such as the education, hiring, policy and professional development so that we can ensure a more balanced and equitable system that will lead us to better outcomes for ALL students, teachers, administrators and parents within the PFS.
The school committee’s longest-serving member, Hugo, will chair the climate change, environment and sustainability sub-committee. The subcommittee also includes Chairman Sousa, Maskell and LaBarge.
Created in 2020, this subcommittee is responsible for “developing reports on environmental and sustainability issues and making appropriate recommendations to the entire school committee. Areas included in the scope of this subcommittee include , but not limited to: municipal aggregation; rooftop solar panel installations; solar parking lots; wind turbine installations; heat pump HVAC systems; charging stations; school district energy management; paper use; garbage handling; recycling; composting; tree planting; garden facilities; severe weather mitigation; use of building runoff; support of related student STEM projects; support of related elective courses curriculum; virtual attendance meetings, etc.
The subcommittee was chaired by former school board member Geoffrey Epstein.
“It is clear that the future of our students depends not just on education, but on the steps we take to ensure that the physical world they live in will be protected from the extremes of climate change and the myriad other effects of global warming. climate change, including the 6th extinction It has become clear that environment and sustainability must be a priority for the School Committee, and the creation of this new sub-committee aligns with efforts across the the city, such as general sustainability operations, climate change and risk planning, including the municipal vulnerability and preparedness planning process that aims for climate change resilience It also aligns with the state action on climate change,” the district’s website notes about the subcommittee.