Figuring out which way the ship is headed with the schools

At the August 10 meeting of the Greenfield School Committee, committee member Kathryn Martini asked Superintendent DeBarge a broad question about the general direction that the district is headed: DeBarge’s full response is worth a listen, but the question itself speaks to a general concern I have with this district. I want to be clear…

Buses, computers, supplies, and other miscellany from the Budget & Finance Subcommittee

I managed to catch pieces and parts of the School Committee’s Budget & Finance Subcommittee meeting this morning. The main agenda item for the meeting was an update on the FY211 budget, and GPS Business Manager Andy Paquette was at the meeting to review the report he had generated and answer the committee members’ questions.…

GPS Policy & Program Subcommittee meeting later today

The Policy & Program Subcommittee of the Greenfield School Committee is having one of its regular meetings later today. Here is the current agenda: Call to Order Public Comment Review Policies related to Policy Adoption and Processing BG: School Committee Policy Development BGB: Policy Adoption BGC: Policy Revision and Review Initiate Policy Action from Health…

I have gotten no further response from Chief Haigh regarding the SRO expansion proposal.

I emailed Greenfield Chief of Police Robert Haigh on Wednesday, April 4 asking if it was accurate to characterize his position on the expansion of the School Resource Officer program to be that the School Committee can be involved, but that the allocation of more SROs is a decision that rests with the Police Department…

Mayor Martin’s further response regarding the SRO program assessment and his support for expansion

Mayor Martin has now replied to my follow-up question about the Collaborative Team responsible for assessing the School Resource Officer program. He has pointed me to Chief Haigh and Jordana Harper, Superintendent of the Greenfield Public Schools. I am now awaiting a response from them. The Mayor went on to explain his support for the…

I am still waiting on responses from Mayor Martin and Chief Haigh about their School Resource Officer program proposal.

UPDATE: I have now heard back from Mayor Martin. I have not had any response since April 4 from either Mayor Martin or Chief Haigh to my follow-up questions regarding their proposal to expand the School Resource Office program in the Greenfield Public Schools. The questions I have asked are: To Mayor Martin: Who is…

It really seems like any change to the School Resource Officer program has to be approved by all the parties.

I have read through the Memorandum of Understanding a few times now, and while I am not a lawyer, I see nothing in it  (at least as it currently exists) that would cover the proposed expansion of the program. According to section IV.A.1 of the memorandum, The Greenfield Police Department will select and assign one…