Archive of Special Town Meetings: Jan-Feb, 2016

After attempts to amend the Regional Agreement in 2014 and 2015 were unsuccessful, members of the  Boards of Selectmen from District towns met in a series of meetings to develop additional amendments to the Regional Agreement in the Fall, 2015.  These proposed amendments were presented to the School Committee at a special meeting on 12/21/15.  At this meeting, the School Committee voted unanimously, with 13 members present, to approve the proposed amendments (v. 12/21/15).  The 16 towns then considered these proposed amendments at Special Town Meetings held during January-February, 2016.   Seven of the member towns (Boxborough, Carlisle, Dover, Lincoln, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston)  opted to be named "declarant communities" per Section IX (E) of the Draft and considered withdrawal as well.  Read related Boston Globe article, 1/24/16.  All 16 towns voted to approve the amendments.  In addition, 6 of the 7 declarant towns voted to withdraw. See results. Along with certified votes from the towns, the amended Regional Agreement was submitted to the Commissioner of Education at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for approval on 3/8/16. He approved the amended Regional Agreement on 3/11/16.
Regional Agreement (effective 3/11/16) 
A comprehensive set of documents was prepared to facilitate the understanding and approval of the draft Regional Agreement.
1. Suggested Warrant Article Summary for Special Town Meetings 
    This document explains the proposed amendments to the Minuteman Regional Agreement. 
2. New Minuteman Regional Agreement Paving the Way for a Bright Future
    This document is for presentations at Special Town Meetings in support of the proposed amendments.
3. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    This document was compiled from the many questions received, updated 1/25/16. 
4. A Comparison of Projected Assessments
    Two schedules show projected assessments with 16 members, 9 members District, and one shows percent change.
    This document shows Oct. 1 enrollment in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
6. Narrative Information for Special Town Meeting 
    This is a narrative explanation (prepared by Dan Matthews, Needham Selectman).
7. Side-by-Side Comparison
    This side-by-side view compares major elements of the Regional Agreement (prepared by Carrie Flood, Concord).
The Current Regional Agreement,  the  Draft Regional Agreement 12/21/15 with various levels of detail showing the proposed amendments, a summary from School Committee meeting minutes, and sample charts can be found below:  

Former Regional Agreement [no longer in force, as of 3/11/16]

Draft Regional Agreement 12/21/15 (clean) and Appendix A Capital Assessment Model v2
Draft Regional Agreement 12/21/15 (redlined from v. 3/11/14) 
Draft Regional Agreement 12/21/15 (all changes 2014 and 2015, redlined)
Draft Regional Agreement 12/21/15 (all changes 2014 and 2015, B&W)
The Development of the Draft Regional Agreement v. 12/21/15 (from School Committee meeting minutes)