CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
May 8, 2019
Committee Members Present: Chair: Pia Holmes; Staci Fortunato, Kevin Lamoreau
Board Members Present: Jennifer Dumond, Edward Hastings, Michael Michaud
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Jan Rollins, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette
Others Present: Sara Fenwick, Hope Libby, Tracy Messina, Helen Renko, Virginia Shannon
1. Response to LCPC Board Chair Inquiry
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
ABC’S at Risk Rubric
Response to Board Chair
The administrative team along with the LCPCs in the district and others pulled together information to help answer some questions. In the attachments there is some history and data on the progress we’ve made with supporting students. Board member Staci Fortunato feels the information is very sobering and it’s not something that will go away or get better right away. She said the more information the board has, the more they can share with the public and that is critical. Pia Holmes said she is a firm believer that we need interventionists to support students and intervene with parents. Donna Madore said the March 15 workshop agenda carried a lot of sessions that had to do with mental health, social/emotional training for our staff so they can better support students. Mr. Anastasio said the socioeconomic level of our district plays a part in it but even those communities where socioeconomics is not an issue they are looking for ways to provide more services in the social/emotional area. He said it is a crisis. Hope Libby, LCPC, said with their support and interventions, students are graduating who may not have graduated. Theresa Violette said the LCPC/Social Workers play an amazing role with the McKinney Vento population. She said the received a McKinney Vento sub
grant of $40,000 to help students make connections throughout the summer as well as after school. Helen Renko said having LCPC and/or Social Workers allows the school guidance counselors to serve a greater population of students who may not necessarily be at risk but still need guidance curriculum. District LCPCs/Social Workers spoke about their work with students. Mr. Hastings thanked everyone who pulled the information together and felt it will be very helpful in getting the information out to the public. Socio
Child Development Services possibly coming into the school system was discussed. All students who go to CDS are identified under the same special education regulations that the school department uses.
2. Cyber Security Concerns
Mr. Anastasio spoke about the ransomware that hit the City’s computers. He said our network is bombarded with those types of things all day, every day. It is very serious and a bigger problem than most people think it is. The school department was lucky it was not affected. A meeting was held with Systems Engineering which was attended by city and school officials and members of the police department. As a result of that meeting it was decided that the first immediate step is to do a comprehensive network and risk assessment as soon as possible. Fred Kahl, in conjunction with his role at the city and the school, is putting out an RFP for proposals.
Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.