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Subcommittees & Assignments

The work of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee goes far beyond its twice monthly meetings. Subcommittees allow for a more detailed focus on a variety of topics. External assignments present committee members the opportunity to both broaden the scope of their understanding on an array issues, as well as serve as advocates for the school to the greater community.

Subcommittees

The Policy Subcommittee works to review and develop the district's policies. Current members are Brigid Bieber, Maria Neyland, Amy Krishnamurthy, Kathleen Neville, and Maya Minkin.

The Budget & Capital Planning Subcommittee  meets on an ongoing basis to work on the development of the district's budget and capital plan. Current members are Kristina Rychlik, Brigid Bieber, Maria Neyland, Deanne O’Sullivan, Mary Brolin, and Amy Krishnamurthy.

The Community Outreach Subcommittee seeks to connect with and engage the community in the work of the committee.This year the subcommittee consists of Kristina Rychlik, Kathleen Neville, Diane Baum, Eileen Zhang, and Deanne O'Sullivan. Each of the district's schools has an active Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO/PTO/PTF).  As part of the Outreach Subcommittee, Deanne O'Sullivan and Diane Baum work to disseminate information to these valuable networks. 

The Warrant Signature Subcommittee  takes responsibility for signing warrants as they become available, in order to avoid delays in their fulfillment. Members are Deanne O’Sullivan, Paul Murphy, Kristina Rychlik, Maria Neyland, Mary Brolin, and Amy Krishnamurthy. Signatures of the full committee are then obtained at regular school committee meetings.

The Negotiations Subcommittee represents the school committee in contract negotiations. Currently, Maria Neyland, Paul Murphy, and Amy Krishnamurthy serve in this capacity.


External Assignments 

Members of the school committee work closely with boards in both towns. Each town is assigned a co-chair to serve as its main liaison. Amy Krishnamurthy is this year's Vice-chair for Acton and Kathleen Neville is this year's Vice-chair for Boxborough.

As both budget and policy are very much dependent upon what happens at the state-level, communication with our elected officials is essential. This year, Paul Murphy and Kathleen Neville serve in the position of Legislative Issues & Initiatives Subcommittee

The Acton Health Insurance Trust allows Acton to self-insure and offer health insurance to its current and retired employees including employees of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. Mary Brolin currently serves as the school committee's representative to the trust.

The district pays into an Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust, the funding source for future retiree benefits. Diane Baum and Mary Brolin serve on the OPEB Task Force in Acton and Boxborough, respectively.  As School Committee Chair, Mary Brolin sits on the OPEB Trust Fund Board of Advisors.

The  Regionalization Financial Oversight Committee is monitoring the realization of savings in the wake of full regionalization. The committee is comprised of school committee members Kristina Rychlik and Mary Brolin, and members of both towns' administrations.

The  Superintendent's Safety Task Force gathers data, facilitates communication, and identifies goals pertaining to school safety and security. The committee is composed of administration, local law enforcement, parent representatives, and school committee members Maria Neyland, Maya Minkin and Amy Krishnamurthy.

The School Wellness Advisory Committee works to develop an action plan of priorities around helping create and maintain a school environment that enhances the learning and development of lifelong wellness practices. Kathleen Neville serves as the school committee's representatives. 

The Acton-Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SpEdPAC) advocates and advises the district on matters as they pertain to special education students. Diane Baum and Kathleen Neville serve as the school committee's representatives. 

As a member of the EDCO Collaborative, our district is able to take advantage of a variety of programs and services. Superintendent Glenn Brand sits on the EDCO Board of Directors. Diane Baum serves on the board in an advisory capacity.

The Concord Area Special Education Collaborative (CASE) allows the Acton-Boxborough district to augment local services and provide a continuum of special education programs through collaboration with other school districts. Superintendent Glenn Brand serves as a member on the CASE Board.

Acton has a working group devoted to Minuteman Technical Institute, the current vocational school choice for students in Acton. To keep abreast of developments, Diane Baum serves on the group.

Danny's Place Youth Services is a community organization working to empower youth through life and leadership skills. Amy Krishnamurthy serves on the organization's Advisory Board.


**These roles were voted for the 2016-2017 school year at the August 8, 2016 school committee meeting.