BOE Standing Committee
The following are standing committees of the BOE, expected to make regular reports to the BOE as a whole.  Meetings will be posted and will be open to the public.  The Committee Chairperson will be responsible for calling meetings, setting agendas, and moving committee work forward.  The Committee Chairperson will ensure that agendas and minutes are posted in a timely manner consistent with FOI requirements.  The Board Chair, with the approval of the Board, may also appoint additional standing committees as may be needed.

  1. Financial Responsibilities
           a)  Time permitting, review monthly line item expenditure report from the BOE Business Director,
           b)  Time permitting, review all budget transfers between line items and make recommendations for such transfers;
           c)  Review financial reporting mechanisms and yearly budget documentation for clarity and content and present any recommendations;
           d)  Provide oversight of contracts totaling $200,000or more over the duration of the contract.
  1. Review the terms and conditions for the Request For Proposals (RFP);
  2. Review contract bids prior to recommendation to the Board;
  3. Review reports from contracted services as needed.

       2.  CIP/Facilities Responsibilities

          a)  Review capital expenditures and proposals for the Town's five and ten year capital improvement plan (CIP) in accordance with the Town's CIP Regulation timeline;
          b)  Review quarterly, building and maintenance needs with the Building and Grounds Facility Director.
          c)  Provide oversight to BOE Capital Improvement Projects, working with the Director of Facilities and, as needed, the Town Public Building  and Site and other Town commissions.


  1.  Develop a consistent body of expertise regarding union contract negotiations at the Board level;
  2.  Committee members will split specific union negotiations among themselves, and members should reflect a variety of skills and  length of service on the Board.   Additional Board members may be assigned by the Board Chair to fill out representation for specific negotiations.


  1. Ensure that the direction of the curriculum reflects the Board of Education mission, beliefs and objectives at both the course-specific and K-12 vertical alignment level;
  2. Meet with administration and staff to review goals, curriculum updates, new textbooks, proposed or changed courses and programs and make recommendations regarding these items.


  1. Review, support and oversee the goals and objectives of the  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work in the District to ensure consistency with Board Policies.
  2. Work with the Coordinator of  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and the Equity Team and act as  bridge to the  Board of Education and its committees on matters related to  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  3. Recommend to the Board of Education any action that needs their approval to support the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion needs of staff and students.


  1. Review and propose revisions to Board policies as needed to ensure consistency with the District mission statement, best practices and for compliance with state and federal laws;
  2. Develop new Board policies as appropriate.

     School.  Connect with school administration and PTA to offer attendance at meetings or events when possible.
     Boards and Committees.  Attend meetings when possible to help keep the Board of Education informed of the activities of outside agencies.

     Shannon Tomai, Chair
     Alison Plante
     Brian Leonardi
Curriculum and Instruction / SEL Committee
     Don Ramsey - Chair
     John Vouros
     Chris Gilson

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
     Chris Gilson - Chair
     Don Ramsey
     Doria Linnetz
Policy Committee
     Doria Linnetz, Chair
     Don Ramsey

NHS:  Dora Linnetz
     NMS:  Chris Gilson
     RIS:    Don Ramsey
     HAW:  Brian Leonardi
     HOM:  Shannon Tomai
     MGS:  Alison Plante
     SHS:  John Vouros

Boards and Committees

    NFT Culture and Climate Committee
    John Vouros & Don Ramsey

    Para Culture and Climate Committee
    John Vouros 

    District Safety and Security Team
    John Vouros

    Alison Plante

    Chris Gilson
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