High School enrollment projected to increase

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) District school committee tackled a lengthy agenda Monday night that included presentations from the library committee and the alternative education staff.

Superintendent of schools James Weiss discussed future enrollment projections for the MVRHS District compiled by the New England School Development Council. According to the projections, enrollment is anticipated to increase from 682 this school year to 720 in 2014-15, and 738 in 2016-17, and decrease to 688 in 2018-19.

In other business, the committee completed a first reading of draft amendments to policies regarding student absences and excuses, and student conduct and discipline, based on new, mandated changes in state law that take effect July 1.

One of the new requirements is that school districts and charter schools must provide and pay for alternative educational services for students who are suspended or expelled from school.

In other business, the committee accepted the resignations from director of special education Will Verbits, vocational director Robert Drobneck, and chemistry and physics teacher Timothy Thibodeau, effective June 30.