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UPDATED: Minuteman School Committee is slated to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in person and via Zoom in the Paul Revere room at Minuteman High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington.

This is expected to be the second meeting for Arlington's new representative to the committee -- Sarah Montague. Some 200 Arlington teens attend the school, part of the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District, which serves a total of nine municipalities.

The agenda is here>> and the committee's website can be found here>> The Zoom information listed at the bottom of the agenda says "Meeting ID 894 4584 4166 Password: 869416." 

A number of relatively routine items are scheduled, plus an anticipated closed session concerning the ongoing issue of the status of Superintendent-Director Kathleen Dawsonwho began work July 1, 2022, and was put on administrative leave less than 11 months later, on May 11. Many students, parents and teachers have complained bitterly about Dawson's management style, claiming that it has alienated many including half-a-dozen middle-management employees, who then left the district. Dawson herself some weeks ago told the Boston Globe that she has done no intentional wrong and hopes/expects to be exonerated; Dawson has not replied to YourArlington's requests for comment.

Minuteman officials have been asked to let the media know if/when any decisions are made about Dawson's status.

Tonight's agenda says that the expected closed session will be "To discuss the reputation, character, physical condition, or mental health, rather than professional competence, of the Superintendent-Director, or to discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member, or individual" and "Pursuant to M.G.L.c.30A, Section 21(a)(2) for the purpose of discussing strategy as it relates to contract negotiations with non-union personnel: Superintendent/Director." 


June 22, 2023: Montague named town's new Minuteman School Committee representative


This agenda item was published Aug. 15, 2023, based on information from the Town of Arlington website, YourArlington's files and via email communication with Minuteman officials.