School board members take on roles for year

Carl Laroe, the most senior Georgia School Board member, will again serve as chairman after the board reorganized at its meeting Tuesday, March 11.

Newcomer Meghan Sweeney, who mounted a write-in campaign that netted 67 votes on Town Meeting Day, will be clerk of the board this year. The current trio that represents Georgia on the Franklin West Supervisory Union board – Laroe, Ben Chiappinelli and Kate Barnes – will continue that role.

On board committees, Fred Grimm and Barnes will meet about transit issues. The Georgia school’s food service contract, held by the Abbey Group for at least a decade, will be put out to bid this year, and Grimm and Barnes will also serve on the Nutrition Committee.

For continuity in the renovations exploration project, underway since November, Chiappinelli and Grimm will again serve the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

Chiappinelli and Sweeney will join the Community Relations Committee, which works with school employees and town representatives to put on annual events like the Fall Fest and Senior Luncheon.

On the Technology Committee, Grimm will represent the board this year. Chiappinelli will work with administrators on the Policy Committee this year, which looks to keep all district procedures up-to-date and in line with legislation.

Barnes and Laroe will continue to negotiate teacher and paraeducator contracts for the upcoming year. Faculty contract talks are underway, and Superintendent Ned Kirsch hopes to wrap them up by the end of the school year. Paraeducator negotiations will follow.

 

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