School committee passes CORI requirement for members

December 9, 2009
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CORI reports are now mandatory for all the members of the Everett School Committee following a 7-0 vote Monday night approving the measure.

School Committeeman Stephen Smith was not in attendance while School Committeeman Sandro Colarausso missed the meeting in order to be with his father who wasn’t feeling well.

CORI reports itemize the criminal histories of Massachusetts residents.

The new Everett regulation for School Committee members requires them to submit CORI reports on January 4.

Members failing to do so will be identified publicly by the School Committee every three months until they do so.

In addition, those failing to submit CORI reports will not be allowed free access to school facilities or even to School Committee meetings held at the high school. Instead, they will be required to be supervised during their visits wherever students are going to be present.

CORI policy first came up two weeks ago when Chairman Richard Baniewicz offered a motion to make the measurement a requirement.

At that time, School Committee member Stephen Smith objected and forced the measure to be sent to sub-committee for further discussion.

The measure came out of subcommittee Monday evening at the school committee meeting.

The measure calling for all members to submit CORI reports was passed without debate.

The measure was fashioned after the School Department’s CORI policy, which requires teachers, administrators, and nearly all School Department personnel to submit a CORI report.