Regional School Committee and their attorney Tom Columb this evening
The joint meeting of the Amherst Pelham Regional School Committee and Union 26 met in open session this evening at the Regional Middle School from 6:00 PM until 6:04 PM and then retreated into Executive Session until 9:34 PM, even though the published agenda called for only 55 minutes.
Last week they also went into Executive Session for two hours and fifty minutes for the same stated reason: "To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel."
Which is of course Superintendent Maria Geryk, the highest paid employee in the town of Amherst.
And yes she still has two years (with an option to renew for an additional year) left on her contract so obviously the "negotiations" they were discussing is not simply a contract renewal.
At last week's meeting the Committee was supposed to discuss and release the Superintendent's annual evaluation due June 30th, but that was put off until Monday, a meeting that was then cancelled at the last minute.
Since Ms. Geryk was not present either last week or this evening (or at last night's Wildwood School Building Committee meeting) no discussion could take place -- in open or closed session -- of her job performance.
But something pretty darn interesting must have been discussed. For over six hours now. In secret.