October 5, 2020

5:30 p.m.

Via Zoom


Committee Members Present:  Jennifer Dumond-Chair, Kevin Lamoreau, Amanda Olson


Board Members Present: Staci Fortunato, Edward Hastings, Pia Holmes, Jan Michaud


Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Katy Grondin, Troy Alexander, Heather Gauthier, Kim Silsby, Susan Walters



     1.  Minimum wage – discussion


Kathy Casparius, Business Manager was prepared to speak on this topic but was unable to attend the meeting. 

Motion by Amanda Olson to table until the next meeting, second by Kevin Lamoreau, so moved 3-0 

     2.  Grants - discussion 

Mr. Anastasio gave a walk through of the different grants to give the committee a sense of what the grant money is being used for.  Please see the attached information.

     CARES ACT Grant

          Attachment 1

     Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant #1

          Attachment 2

     Day Programing Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant

          Attachment 3

     Adult Education Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant

          Attachment 4 

The CARES ACT Grant in the amount of $751,000 extends beyond December 30.  $480,000

was put aside to pay employees after the December 30 deadline for the Coronavirus Relief


The Corona Relief Fund Grant in the amount of $2,215,000 is being used to buy technology,

PPEs and make safety adjustments to our buildings.  Mr. Anastasio said they were able to purchase

1,000 new tablets.  He said fifteen 65 inch TVs were purchased for classrooms to replace white


The Day Programming Coronavirus Relief Funds in the amount of $441,966 will provide

free child care.  This was a collaborative effort with the City and Keith Luke.  Both the

YMCA and the Buker Center have openings for participants. 

The Adult Education Corona Relief Fund Grant in the amount of $19,298 has allowed them to purchase equipment, safety supplies and pay for additional staff hours. 

Last week, the Corona Relief Funds Grant #2 in the amount of $2.4 million was released.  A

budget must be submitted by October 15 and the funds used by December 30.  Those funds

will be used to improve air quality in our buildings and to purchase 65 inch TVs for all


Mr. Anastasio said we are still providing free meals to students and families but people are

not taking advantage of it.  Food service is changing their menus to include more hot meals. 

Mr. Anastasio said the next two funding years will be difficult due to reduced revenues from

the City and State.  He said enrollment numbers are down mostly in elementary.  

Meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.