In the fall of 2023, the Yarmouth School Committee amended Policy BDE - Standing Committees, creating a Mission Committee with the stated purpose being to:
1. Encourage and support school staff in developing and implementing programming, curriculum, and instruction that further the School Department’s mission of empowering all students to lead fulfilling lives in a changing world.
2. Promote an inclusive environment where all students may thrive;
3. Identify systemic inequities that impact educational spaces;
4. Propose recommendations to address all forms of institutional bias in the Yarmouth Schools pertaining to race, religion, country of origin, gender or gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status, or any other protected category or identity.
The School Committee members who will serve as voting members of the Mission Committee include:
Christina Patrick (also a Yarmouth Elementary and Harrison Middle School Parent)
Michael Wilbur (also a Harrison Middle School Parent)
Jes Garrou (also a Yarmouth High School Parent)
David Ray, School Committee Chairperson (ex-officio)
Dr. Andrew Dolloff, Superintendent (ex-officio)
The Mission Committee is also served by a school- and community-based Advisory Panel.
Staff who will serve on the Advisory Panel include:
Shanna Crofton, Director of Teaching & Learning (also a Yarmouth Elementary and Rowe School Parent)
Dr. Patrick Hartnett, Yarmouth High School Principal
Mandy Lewis, Frank H. Harrison Middle School Principal (also a Yarmouth Elementary School Parent)
Parent representatives will include:
Jeff Chandler, Rowe School Parent
Taylor Kanzler, Yarmouth Elementary School Parent
Kellie Hall, Harrison Middle School (and YES and YHS) Parent
Crispin Bolese, Yarmouth High School (and Harrison Middle School) Parent
Yarmouth High School's student representative will be:
Maya Faulstich, Class of 2025
The Mission Committee will meet in the Alumni Room at Yarmouth High School from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:
January 11 (Minutes)
February 8 (Agenda)
Yarmouth Schools engaged the services of SchoolWorks to conduct an independent Equity Review of the organization's policies, practices, protocols, climate, and culture. You may read a summary of the report here, and the entire report is linked here.
The District Leadership Team is charged with creating plans to respond to the gaps identified through the Equity Review process. Linked here is an evolving draft document that will guide the district's work in this area.