Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
May 20, 2008 9:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Oxford High School 495 Main Street Oxford, Massachusetts
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Present:
Paul Reville, Chairman, Worcester Christopher R. Anderson, Westford Harneen Chernow, Jamaica Plain Gerald Chertavian, Cambridge Thomas E. Fortmann, Lexington Jeff Howard, Reading Ruth Kaplan, Brookline Dana Mohler-Faria, Bridgewater Sandra L. Stotsky, Brookline Zachary Tsetsos, Chair, Student Advisory Council, Oxford
Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Secretary to the Board
Chairman Paul Reville called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.
Comments from the Chairman
Chairman Paul Reville said the Board was delighted to be in Oxford in recognition of Board member Zachary Tsetsos, the Chair of the Student Advisory Council, who is a senior at Oxford High School. The chairman said the Board traditionally holds its May meeting at the student representative’s high school. Chairman Reville said the Board has been reminded on numerous occasions over the past year of the importance of having a student voice on the Board, especially in selecting the new commissioner of elementary and secondary education. The chairman read and presented a citation to Mr. Tsetsos. Mr. Tsetsos thanked his fellow Board members and said the past year has been an amazing and valuable experience that has taught him about state education policy and how to represent his constituents.
Mr. Tsetsos introduced Oxford Public Schools Superintendent Ernest Boss and Oxford High School Principal David Grenier, who welcomed Board members.