Minutes of the Hollis/Brookline Co-op School Board

Hearing of the Petition Warrant Article for “SB2” Governance

CSDA Cafeteria, Town of Brookline

22 February 2007



The Chairman convened the hearing at shortly after 7:00pm.


Board Members present:

Jim Murphy, Chairman

Webb Scales, Secretary

Anne Dumas

Steve Simons


Also present:

Bill Drescher, attorney

John Haithcock, petitioner

Jim Belanger, Hollis/Brookline Co-op School District Moderator

Members of the press (both the Cabinet and the Telegraph)

Cable-access TV (volunteer) crew

Members of the public



Jim Murphy gave an introduction including a brief slide presentation outlining the purpose of the petition and the hearing and the requirements of the process.  He then introduced Bill Drescher, attorney for the Hollis/Brookline Co-op School District.


Bill Drescher gave a presentation outlining the impacts and ramifications of adopting the “SB2” form of governance.


The Chairman invited John Haithcock, as petitioner, to speak.  Mr. Haithcock read a prepared statement.


Jim Murphy then offered the Board’s viewpoint, supported by additional slides.  He then invited the other Board members present to offer their reasons for recommending against the Article.  Each made a brief statement.


The Chairman then invited the public to ask questions.  Aside from a statement from Jim Belanger, there were only a few questions.


Seeing no one else wishing to speak, the Chairman concluded the hearing.



Respectfully submitted,


Webb Scales