GRANBY – The School Committee and School Board held a joint meeting on December 9th to discuss a variety of items on the agenda, including the city budget and the city’s upcoming spring meeting.
Both the selection board and the school committee agreed that they should continue to hold joint meetings at least quarterly or earlier if an urgent matter arises. They also agreed that they would relocate and move between the East Meadow School Library and the Council on Aging.
According to both bodies, the next joint meeting will take place in late February or early March. They said they hope to include the finance committee in the next joint meeting.
The committees discussed the use of the future budget. However, the country’s official budget figures won’t be released until February or March. As these were only preliminary discussions, both agreed that they will have more informed debates and answers at the next meeting together.
The next date for the community meeting has not yet been set. However, Selectboard members said that there will most likely only be one town meeting in 2022 and that it will take place on May 9th. This could change based on input from Town Administrator Chris Martin or COVID-19.
With a tentative date of May 9th, the school committee now has time to prepare articles, host public forums, and hold hearings to prepare for the meeting. They also said that they will meet with Martin beforehand to set some appointments and answer questions.
Both the selection committee and the school committee agreed that the meeting was beneficial. They said they look forward to hosting more and continuing to enjoy friendly relationships.
Selectboard Chair Jennifer Silva stated, “I appreciate it very much and I am glad that we can have these kinds of discussions. Whether we agree or not on certain things, I like the opportunity to just hold out my hand and say, ‘Hey, this is it.’ And I don’t necessarily want communication to only take place when something needs to be conveyed. I think it is up to all of us to maintain these relationships because at some point we are all not going to run for a seat, but we need to be able to change that relationship and I don’t think so of us boards want to start from scratch when that happens. ”
Those interested in watching the joint selection board and school board meeting in its entirety are encouraged to visit the Granby Community Access & Media YouTube page.