Concord charter commission wants to hear from community

  • Concord School District Building Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 11/29/2021 4:44:30 PM

The Concord School District’s newly-elected Charter Commission is holding its second meeting Tuesday night, and members are encouraging Concord residents to give public input on proposals for commissioners to consider.

Superintendent Kathleen Murphy, business administrator Jack Dunn and school board president Jim Richards will all appear before the Commission at the meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Board Room of the School District Offices on Liberty Street. There will be a time for public comment near the beginning of the agenda, when community members can raise issues, provide background info and suggest proposals for the school district’s charter that the members can consider.

The Commission members will be examining the charter, the school district’s governing document, over the next several months and revising, removing or adding sections to it that Concord residents will then vote on, in November 2022.

At its last meeting, held Nov. 16, the Charter Commission elected officers, including chair Betty Hoadley, vice-chair Clint Cogswell and secretary Bill Glahn.

The Charter Commission has also set the dates for several future meetings to be held on Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 1 and Feb. 22, at 7:00 p.m. School regulations require masks to be worn in the building.

Eileen O

Eileen O'Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.

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