High school committee approves new vending machine

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) school committee wrapped up a laundry list of financial and other end-of-the-year items at a meeting Monday night.

Capital projects on the list for fiscal year 2015 include front entrance security upgrades, culinary arts kitchen equipment replacement, and a replacement alignment lift for the automotive department.

The committee voted to approve the capital budget as a planning document, as well as a list of expenditures from this year’s excess and deficiency funds. The committee also approved a five-year lease, at $2,700 a year, for a new refrigerated vending machine to make snacks available after school for students involved in sports and clubs.

In other business, superintendent of schools James Weiss said he is checking references and hopes to name a new high school principal by the end of this week. He thanked assistant superintendent Matt D’Andrea for serving as acting principal since late spring, and also Ruda Stone, administrative assistant to the principal, for all of her assistance.

Mr. Weiss also acknowledged a resignation letter from assistant principal Matthew Malowski, who has been appointed as a school adjustment/guidance counselor for the high school’s therapeutic support and alternative education programs. The school committee voted to accept his resignation and applauded him for his new role.