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School Committee

Our school committee is a model of continuous learning. Comprised of community members who volunteer their time serving the students, parents, and community members of our district, our school committee members serve as advocates for our students and public education. 

Roles and Responsibilities
As representatives whose primary responsibility it is to support the needs and interests of the children of the Gill-Montague School District, we set short and long-term goals focused on policy and student achievement. Utilizing data and continuous self-evaluation, we monitor our progress of these goals and revisit areas of concern to adjust our strategy to ensure improvement.

Massachusetts General Laws
Part I. Title X. Chapter 71: Section 37

Powers and Duties  
Section 37. The school committee in each city and town and each regional school district shall have the power to select and to terminate the superintendent, shall review and approve budgets for public education in the district, and shall establish educational goals and policies for the schools in the district consistent with the requirements of law and statewide goals and standards established by the board of education.


Meet the School Committee

The Gill-Montague Regional District School Committee consist of nine (9) members, six (6) residents of the Town of Montague and three (3) residents of the Town of Gill. The elected members shall be chosen by all of the voters of the Gill-Montague Regional School District. The Erving School Committee shall have three (3) nonvoting advisory members. There is one (1) student advisory representative.


School Committee

Valeria Smith
Chair
Term Ends: 2018
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Phone: 413-863-9873

Jane Oakes
Vice-Chair
Term Ends: 2019
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April Reipold
Secretary
Term Ends: 2020
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Phone: 413-775-3644

Christina Postera
Assistant Treasurer
Term Ends: 2018
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Lesley Cogswell
Member
Term Ends: 2018
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Phone: 413-676-9026

Mike Langknecht
Member
Term Ends: 2018
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Phone: 413-475-4807

Heather Katsoulis
Member
Term Ends: 2019
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Cassie Damkoehler
Member
Term Ends: 2020
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Phone: 413-676-9046

Shawn Hubert
Member
Term Ends: 2020
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Phone: 413-863-2978

Marisa Dalmaso-Rode
Erving Representative
Term Ends: 2018
non-voting member
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Meetings
The Committee conducts its business in regular public meetings under the rules of the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Generally, these meetings occur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays during the school year, and once or twice over the summer. The calendar of meetings, along with agendas and minutes for those meetings, can be viewed on this website by selecting the appropriate menu item to the left.
 
School Committee meetings start at 6:30 p.m. in room 208 at Turners Falls High School, unless otherwise noted.  
 
Minutes, Agendas, and Reports  
The minutes and agendas of all the School Committee meetings will be posted as quickly as possible. The agenda is available at least 48 hours prior to the meeting date. The minutes of a meeting are usually approved at the following meeting, and are posted within a few days. An archive of agendas and minutes is available for the current year or three prior years. 
 
Community Input
The Committee strives to make informed decisions that are in the interests of student learning. The members welcome input from the public. Brief public comments can be made during a designated time at the beginning of each school committee meeting. In addition, informal forums are held during the year to provide time for a more casual dialog with members. Members can also be reached via e-mail or telephone.