High school Principal Jonathan Seymour recognized several groups that partnered with the district to purchase a new $19,000 electronic sign installed at the entrance to the secondary school campus. Contributions were made by Pentucket’s graduation classes of 2007, 2011 and 2013; the nonprofit Pentucket Arts Foundation, the West Newbury Fire Company and police Chief Lisa Holmes of West Newbury, whose donation was made in memory of her sister, Heidi. “It’s a great new look for the district,” Seymour said.
The committee briefly discussed a five-year district Improvement Plan and the possibility of creating a high school master plan committee. They appointed Paul Tucker as a representative from Merrimac to Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School and talked about the need to better communicate with the district’s representatives on the Whittier board.
The Pentucket board agreed to hold a business meeting to discuss the FY2015 budget on Feb. 4 and then have its public hearing and vote on the budget on Feb. 25. Both meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Modular Classroom #3 at the high school.
At the end of open session last Tuesday, the board went behind closed doors to discuss strategies for contract negotiations or collective bargaining for non-union personnel. Chris Wile of West Newbury did not attend because his wife is a teacher in the district and his participation would pose a conflict of interest.