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April 5, 2022

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April 5, 2022

                                       Brockton, Massachusetts                Regular School Committee Meeting              April 5, 2022


                                       The Regular Meeting of the Brockton School Committee was held this evening in the George M. Romm Little Theatre at Brockton High School, at seven o'clock.  These minutes contain a summary of the meeting and list items that were under discussion.


                                       Present:  Ms. Asack, Vice-Chair, Ms. Ehlers, Mr. Homer, Ms. Mendes, Mr. Rodrigues,

                                                       Ms. Sullivan, Mr. Sullivan


                                       Absent:  Mayor Sullivan, Chair


                                       Also Present:  Superintendent Thomas, Interim Deputy Superintendent Szachowicz,

                                                                         Executive Team Members.  


Ms. Asack, Vice-Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. followed by a salute to the flag.   


                                       Ms. Asack mentioned Mayor Sullivan had a prior commitment and is unable to attend.


                                       Ms. Asack, Vice-Chair took a roll call to establish a quorum.

Ms. Sullivan – Here

Mr. Homer – Here

Ms. Ehlers – Here

Ms. Rivas Mendes – Here

Mr. Rodrigues – Here

Mr. Sullivan – Here

Ms. Asack, Vice-Chair – Here


Mayor Sullivan – Absent


    Hearing of Visitors     There were no hearing of visitors.


      Consent Agenda       Ms. Asack explained the purpose of the Consent Agenda, read the items aloud and asked members for any requests to remove items for further discussion.  No items were removed for discussion.


Ms. Sullivan made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded  Mr. Rodrigues.

Voted:  to approve the motion passed unanimously.


      Superintendent’s         Introduction of Bonnie (K9)

            Report                  Superintendent Thomas invited Lt. Jones and Officer Leedberg to introduce Bonnie (K9) comfort dog.  Officer Leedberg thanked Mayor Sullivan, Superintendent Thomas, and School Committee members for their support. Lt. Jones presented a plaque to Superintendent Thomas. School Committee members expressed their thanks to Officer Leedberg.




                                          Mr. Cedric Turner, Empower Yourself 2022 Trailblazing STEM Educator Award Winner

                                          Superintendent Thomas invited Ms. Sharon Wolder, Chief Officer of Student Support Services to speak about a prestigious award from the Challenger Center and the American Institute of Astronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  Mr. Turner and other winners along with the respective schools will be awarded $5,000 and free access to the Challenger Center’s STEM program.


                                          Ms. Maiysha Laguerre, South Middle School Teacher

                                          Superintendent Thomas acknowledged Mrs. Laguerre who successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on one of the students in her class from choking on a bottle cap.  He thanked her for her courageous actions and quick thinking. The Superintendent and School Committee members presented her with a certificate.



                                          Student Representative (Elen Arustamyan)

                                       Student Representative Elen Arustamyan gave a power point presentation on happenings at

                                       Brockton High School:

·   MIAA 27th Annual Sportsmanship Summit

·   Gold Award for the MICCA Music Festival

·   Meet the Principal and Assistant Principal for the Day, Featuring “Bonnie” the therapy


·   Senior Class President prom posing to his First Lady

·   Photography Club pictures presented by Ms. Philips at the Main Office entrance

·   College Acceptances & Scholarships

·   BHS receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award from The College



Senior Class President, Mamadu Tchamo, Maizel Samba, and Daniel Rateau spoke about great opportunities, accomplishments, and positiveness they’ve received as students at Brockton High School.



                                       Superintendent Thomas thanked all four students in sharing positive opportunities that

                                       Brockton  High has to offer students.  He thanked School Committee Members, Principal Burns,

                                       Associate Principal Ms. Copp, Assistant Principal Mr. Guilloteau, Deans and Assistant Deans,

                                       Support Staff, Teachers, and School Police for their continued support to our students as we

                                       continue to drive and move forward.


                                       Ms. Asack thanked the senior students for their presentation.


                                       FY23 Budget Update

                                       Superintendent Thomas mentioned we are waiting for the House  to come out with their updated

                                       budget, that will allow the Mayor and Mr. Troy Clarkson, City CFO to put together a budget for

                                       the School Department that will allow us to put together a solid budget and move forward.


                                       Early College (Dr. Shawn Boone)

Superintendent Thomas invited Dr. Shawn Boone, Interim Early College Development Manager,

to present a power point on Early College opportunities and partnerships with local colleges.


                                       Dr. Boone presented a power point and discussed the mission statement that provides Brockton

                                       students with extraordinary post-graduation career prospects and early 4-year University



                                       Six BPS2 Strategic Initiatives

1.        Foster Collegiate Educational Community Partnerships

   Create effective partnerships with the Commonwealth and colleges including Massasoit CC

   and others as required

2.        Create Student & Family Interest in Dual-Enrollment or Early College

   Develop a broad communication plan for students and parents or guardians to convey the

   program options and long-term benefits

3.        Enhance Formative Skills & Program Readiness

   Enhance curriculum for every 6th-8th grade student to include critical thinking skills, written

   & verbal communication skills, and STEM interest

4.        Assess Vocational Interests During 8th Grade

   Administer a vocational interest inventory to determine career paths that align with

   individual interests



5.        Develop Effective Student Support Systems

   Designate onsite areas, foster internal guidance and support staff, and select external support

   such as

6.        Create Post-Graduation Career& Educational Opportunities

   Create multiple tracks to include employability on graduation such as in Healthcare, and

   opportunities to transfer to a 4-year University


                                       Dr. Boone mentioned we currently have the potential to partnership with Massasoit CC, UMass

                                       Dartmouth, Bridgewater State University and Assumption University in a Dual Enrollment/Early

                                       College Offerings in the Fall of 2022.


                                       Ms. Asack thanked Dr. Boone for the presentation.



                                       Ms. Sullivan asked how does this program compare to the one offered at the Charter School?

                                             Superintendent Thomas mentioned it will be the same for BPS once we receive designation

                                             from the Department of Education.


                                       Ms. Ehlers asked is there a dual enrollment state program where federal financial aid will allow

                                       high school students to pull down early Pell?

                                             Dr. Boone mentioned it is currently not an option.


                                       Ms. Ehlers also thanked Dr. Boone for the presentation and is 100% in support of this.


                                       Marketing Campaign:  Ms. Jess Silva-Hodges

                                       Superintendent Thomas invited Ms. Silva-Hodges, Chief Public Relations Officer to present a

                                       power point on Marketing Campaign.  


                                       Ms. Silva-Hodges presented a power point giving a Marketing Overview for the district.


·   Our Marketing Plan will include

Earned media, Social media (organic and paid), Electronic alumni/ae magazine, more large-scale opportunity building events and activities

·   Key Audiences

Current BPS Students and Families, New Brocktonians, Former BPS Students and Families

·   Key Audience:  Current Students/Families

Our Intended Marketing Goals – Retention, Create continuity from one school to the next, Build a sense of community and belonging, Connect them with appropriate supports and programming

·   The Boxer club

Beginning in the fall 202, the Boxer Club will offer- Special events to student’s pre-K-8, giveaways throughout the year, deals from partnering organizations

·   Key Audience:  New Brocktonians

Encourage enrollment of school-aged children, inform/create goodwill who may have school-aged children in the future

·   Direct Mailings/Marketing

To work with a mailing house to identify newly purchased homes, seek out opportunities  to send regular mailings citywide

·   Key Audience:  Former Students

Predominately for data collection, seek detailed input for areas of weakness/threats (as we would reflect in a SWOT analysis), determine if there are vulnerabilities that can be addressed and encourage re-enrollment



·   Survey for Unenrolled Students

The Public Relations Department is currently working with Dr. Ethan Cancell to design a detailed survey which will give us tangible data regarding the sentiment of former students and their parents/guardians.  This is a must-have for any social media campaign.

·   Known Earned Media on the Horizon

The Class of 2022 – graduate survey, 50th Anniversary of the Bilingual Department, Early College, Middle School Honors Academy, New beginnings for Champion High School


                                       Ms. Asack and members of the Committee thanked Ms. Hodges for the presentation.



                                       Mr. Sullivan suggested a marketing idea to advertise on our buses.

                                       Mr. Rodrigues suggested using our social media daily of positive things that occur in the district.

                                       Ms. Rivas Mendes suggested providing internships for our students who are good at social media.


  Items to Refer to          None



     Unfinished                  Discussion and Potential Vote from the Building Naming Subcommittee Meeting – March

        Business                   22, 2022

                                         Ms. Asack gave a verbal report of the Building Naming Subcommittee held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 

                                                        Mr. Sullivan motioned to accept the verbal report of the Building Naming

                                                        Subcommittee as presented, seconded by Ms. Sullivan.                        

                                            The motion passed unanimously.


 Mr. Sullivan motioned to accept the recommendation of the Building Naming

           Subcommittee as presented, seconded by Ms. Sullivan.

The motion passed unanimously.


                                        Discussion and Potential Vote from the Curriculum Subcommittee Meeting – March 8, 2022

                                         Ms. Asack gave a verbal report of the Curriculum Subcommittee meeting held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. 

                                                        Ms. Rivas Mendes motioned to accept the verbal report from the Curriculum

                                                        Subcommittee as presented, seconded by Mr. Sullivan.                        

                                            The motion passed unanimously.


                                         Discussion and Potential Vote from the Accounts Review Subcommittee – March 28,


                                         Ms. Rivas-Mendes gave a verbal report of the Accounts Review Subcommittee held on Monday, March 28, 2022. 


                                                        Ms. Ehlers motioned to accept the verbal report from the Accounts Review

                                                        Subcommittee as presented, seconded by Mr. Homer.                          

                                            The motion passed unanimously.


    New Business               Superintendent Thomas gave a report regarding the Gilmore School Extended Learning Time grant.  The Governor or Commissioner did not put forth the grant into this year’s budget and we do not have the budget to fund this.  Gilmore staff was informed of this change, and we will keep them posted, as they will have the opportunity to transfer within the district due non pay for extended learning time. 




                                         Ms. Ehlers asked the following questions.

·         How many employees does this impact?

                                                     Superintendent Thomas replied it impacts 40/50 staff members

·         If there was a change do, we know approximately when we would be notified?

                                                     We could be notified by the end of this month or early May.


                                         Ms. Sullivan asked, how many years has the Extended Learning Time grant been approved?

                                         Superintendent Thomas replied, the district funded this program approximately 12 years ago and was picked up since by a grant.  The grant was not funded during COVID-19 but was funded this year only.


Ms. Asack acknowledged Ms. Phyllis Ellis, President of the NAACP Brockton Branch.  She

held an event recently honoring and recognizing Phenomenal Women in Brockton for all their

hard work.  Citations were presented to all 26 recipients. (applause)


Ms. Asack acknowledged a historic day in the City of Champions as Lieutenant Brenda Perez

was chosen by Mayor Robert Sullivan as our new Police Chief.  Chief Brenda Perez is also a

BHS alumni. (applause)


The mayor’s office presented a Mayoral Citation  to Richarla Preston for her tremendous

submission to the Frederick Douglass essay competition for Black History month.  In addition to

her citation Van Buren Records has given two backstage passes to the Boston Calling Concert in



Seeing no further business,

Ms. Sullivan motioned to adjourn, seconded by Ms. Rivas Mendes.

                                                                                         The motion carried.

                                       The meeting adjourned at 9:13 p.m.


          Respectfully submitted,



                                       Michael P. Thomas





PowerPoint(s):  Positive Things Happening At BHS, Brockton Public Schools Champions Collect Connect (C3) Strategic Plan 2022, Marketing Overview