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Video Transcript 7/28/20

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okay welcome everyone good afternoon

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welcome to the Tuesday July 28th special

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meeting of the board Chappaqua Board of

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Education

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i may have a motion to call the meeting

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to order

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i'll move second

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all in favor say aye aye aye

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okay uh may I have a motion for the

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board to go into executive session

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to discuss the employment history of

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particular persons and matters of health

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and safety

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so moved

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I have a second Hilary seconds okay

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thank you all in favor please say aye

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hi okay we'll move into executive

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session

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okay good afternoon everyone uh welcome

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back

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the board has been um an executive

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session discussing the employment

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history of particular persons

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and matters of health and safety may I

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have a motion

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to reconvene the public meeting

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and okay holly and uh Hilary seconded

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a second okay all in favor please say

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aye

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hi hi okay and I'd like to ask everyone

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to please stand for the pledge of

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allegiance led by Holly McCall

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i actually have a roaring or a Bell

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assistant

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okay

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all right all right pledge of allegiance

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okay here you go ready

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I pledg allegiance to the flag of the

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united States of America and to the republic for

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which

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it stands one nation under god

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with liberty and justice for all

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thanks for your help

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thank you all right thanks for the

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assistance to our assistant

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that was very helpful um

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okay before we get to

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our item four I will go to public

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comment

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I'd like to ask if there's anyone in the

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audience who would like to make a public

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comment

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our public comments we encourage public

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comments

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um we ask that you limit them to three

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minutes

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and um our public comment is not a Q&A

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session

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but the board may discuss items or

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issues that are raised during public

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comment

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after the period so please um

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raise your hand and we'll call on you in

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the order in which your hands are raised

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so I see we have one comment right now

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we have Robbie Gottlieb

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uh can someone please bring Robbie in

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i don't know hello Robbie nice to see

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you again

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you too how are you all right good

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thanks

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um so I just have a couple uh

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i have two questions uh I know you this

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is not Q&a but I just want to

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pose them because I'm hoping that you'll

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discuss them

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I wanted to see if the board

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and this and Christine and tony and Adam

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have seen the hatred att Greeley account

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and

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what the district response is to

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allegations that have happened and then

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separately I wanted to pose a question

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to the board

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um and uh Christine Tony and Adam

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about what Chappaqua values are and

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how you determine that

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that's my comment okay thank you Robbie

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okay is there anyone else who'd like to

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make a public comment

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I'm just going to give it just a few

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more seconds so people have time

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okay I don't see anyone else raising

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their hands so

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um we we will

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move on um I do want to address what

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Robbie asked and just to say that we

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have talked about

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rather extensively in the limited times

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that we've had to be together in these

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public meetings we've talked about

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a plan a preliminary plan and the

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district will have more extensive plans

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in September

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we are busy forming a committee on

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anti-racism and equity and social

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justice

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will be working with the town

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and specifically with their education

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committee

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and the administration is working on a

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detailed plan that we will

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have to bring forward in September will

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be we'll also be working on our mission

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statement

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on our code of conduct on the board

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strategic questions

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and um many other aspects of the school

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district

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and of course curriculum and hiring

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practices so we will have a more

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extensive plan to discuss

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with the community in September but

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um I thank you Robbie for bringing this

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up again it's very much in the forefront

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of our work

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the administration and the board have

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been involved in extensive

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um professional development which will

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carry over

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to the faculty and the staff so that's

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happening as well

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but we will have a lot more to report on

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this in September

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so I hope that that answers the

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questions for now but know that this is

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ongoing and we're going to be doing very

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deep work

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that we expect to be to have

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long-lasting impacts on the school

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district

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um is there anything that anyone else

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would like to say about that

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okay all right thank you everyone

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so Christine I'll turn it over to you

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for recommendations on item four

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so we have a walk-on item tonight we are

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recommending the appointment of our new

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Roaring Brook

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principal so Tony um normally we would

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be doing this at a regular business

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meeting but we want to make sure that

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we can start the school year off with

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our new principal in place so

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tony do you want to just provide an

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overview of of our of our candidate

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tonight for the board

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even though that they've had the

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opportunity to interview her I think

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that would be nice for the community

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sure um so we we are excited to present

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to the board for their consideration

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uh miss Tonya Wilson for the

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position of elementary principal at

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Roaring Brook Elementary School so Tonya

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is currently

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principal of Colonial School in Pelham

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School District she has been the

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principal there for

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10 years prior to that Tonya was a

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teacher at the Colonial School as well

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she taught

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second grade and fourth grade she then

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became the lead teacher in the building

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which was a quasi-administrative

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position like an imminent assistant

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principal

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she's also worked at schools in Georgia

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tanya went to school at Florida

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University and Penn State University

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she has extensive experience at the

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elementary level both as a

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classroom teacher and as a leader we are

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really excited we've heard some

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wonderful things about her both

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in informal and formal reference checks

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about her dedication to students

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about her capacity to build

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relationships about her ability to

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leverage those relationships

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in very strategic ways to move

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instructional initiatives forward in

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sustainable ways as well um so we are

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really excited to present Tonya for your

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consideration tonight um and are excited

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about the prospects that she brings to

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us

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at the Roaring Brook community in uh

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transitioning us moving forward

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so with that said I um recommend number

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four

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instructional as presented

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I will move instructional number four as

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presented and may I have a second

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second any discussion

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well I will say that we are so happy to

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welcome Tonya to our school district

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community I think she's

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a wonderful person to bring our schools

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together and to have on our

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administrative team

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and we're all so looking forward to

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working with her

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so all in favor please say aye all right

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bye great okay it's unanimous thank you

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so in terms of notification to the

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community we have to coordinate with

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Pelham so we'll put something out

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um mid morning or in the afternoon

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tomorrow

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and I'll also meet with the Roaring

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Brook faculty in the morning to let them

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know but I want to thank the board for

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meeting today so that we could make this

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appointment

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we're really excited to have Tonya

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join us so thank you

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okay okay terrific thank you and thank

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you to everyone who participated

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in these efforts as usual um

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okay so we'll move on to notice of

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future meetings our next meeting will be

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Wednesday August 5th

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at 7 30 p.m uh for the tax warrant

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and um the following meeting after that

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will be Tuesday September 1st at 10 a.m

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okay so may I have a motion to adjourn

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our meetings

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you have a second second

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all in favor please say aye aye aye so

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our meeting is

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adjourned at 6:43 p.m

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thank you everyone very much everyone