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Board Documents — September 2019

Regular Meeting

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Taconic High School
96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Comments from the Chair
Comments from the Commissioner
Comments from the Secretary
Statements from the Public*


Meeting Minutes

Routine Business:

Approval of the Minutes of the June 25, 2019 Regular Meeting

Agenda Items:

  1. Welcome from Taconic High School; Pittsfield Educator Diversity PanelPresentation

  2. Election of Board Vice-ChairDiscussion and Vote

  3. Berkshire County Education Task Force — Presentation

  4. Commissioner Riley's Goals for 2019-2020Discussion

  5. 2019 Student, School, and District Performance Results — Discussion

  6. Proposed Amendment to Competency Determination RegulationsInitial Discussion and Vote to Solicit Public Comment

  7. FY2020 Budget Overview; Process and Timelines for FY2021 Budget — Discussion

Other Items for Information:

  1. Report on Grants Approved by the Commissioner

  2. Annual Reports from 2018-2019 Advisory Councils to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Executive Session:

  1. Executive Session to Discuss Litigation Strategy

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members

  • Ms. Katherine Craven, Chair, Brookline
  • Mr. James Morton, Vice Chair, Boston
  • Dr. Edward Doherty, Hyde Park
  • Ms. Amanda Fernández, Belmont
  • Mr. Matt Hill, Newton
  • Mr. Michael Moriarty, Holyoke
  • Mr. James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Milton
  • Mr. Paymon Rouhanifard
  • Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Lexington
  • Mr. Matthew Tibbitts, Student Advisory Council, Ludlow
  • Dr. Martin West, Newton

Jeffrey C. Riley, Commissioner
Secretary to the Board

* The Board welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, the Board makes available a maximum 30-minute period at its regular meetings for persons in the audience to address the Board for no longer than 3 minutes. Written material of any length may be submitted. Preference will be given to persons who seek to address the Board on specific agenda items for the upcoming Board meeting. Agendas for upcoming Board meetings are generally posted 5 days prior to the meeting on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's website. Persons wishing to speak are strongly encouraged to submit their request before the day of the meeting; contact information is provided below. Preference will be given to those who submit requests by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the regular Tuesday meeting. If time permits, the chairman will allow members of the public who have not contacted the Department in advance to speak in the public comment period; those individuals must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. The chairman may limit the number of speakers due to time constraints and may increase or reduce the time allocated per speaker. While there is no requirement to submit written testimony, a speaker who elects to do so should submit 15 copies of the testimony prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Board members. Requests to address the Board, written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3112, Fax: 781-338-3770, E-mail:

Last Updated: September 16, 2019

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