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Board of Trustees

PVCICS is a public charter school and as such is governed by a Board of Trustees.  Board members are volunteers who serve according to set terms.   Click on the "bylaws" link for the Board of Trustees bylaws.  The Family Handbook contains both the Complaint Procedure and Grievance policy. To contact the Board of Trustees, please email info@pvcics.org .

Board Meetings

The Board of Trustees meets monthly for regular meetings and the schedule is below. Board Meetings are open to the public and are held at PVCICS, 317 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035 on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM unless otherwise noted.  A hard copy schedule is posted at the school's main office and on the bulletin board in the main lobby.  
Upcoming Meetings:

November 7, 2019
December 5, 2019

As per Open Meeting Law, this announcement meeting has been posted in the PVCICS office and sent to the Secretary of State’s office, fax: 617-742-4822 and the Executive Office for Administration & Finance, fax: 617-727-2779


Future Meetings:

Note: These are tentative dates and agenda items. 


January 2, 2020
February 6, 2020
March 5, 2020
April 2, 2020
May 7, 2020
June 4, 2020
July 2, 2020

Past Meeting Agendas and Minutes:
Agendas for past meetings can be found by clicking here.  
Minutes for past meetings can be found by clicking here.

Board Members
Mr. Charles (Nick) Bagley was founding Treasurer for the PVCICS board.  He re-joined the board in 2015.  Mr. Bagley is a retired professor and business person, has a Ph.D./M.B.A.in quantitative finance from the Price School of the University of Oklahoma, a B.Sc. in physics and philosophy from Sussex University (England), but completely regrets being admitted as a Chartered Managerial Accountant.  He has held several interesting managerial positions in Europe, the Middle East, and the USA, and retired after teaching financial engineering for 13 years at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass.

Ms. Aime DeGrenier joined the board in 2019. Ms. DeGrenier has worked in the field of education for 30 years, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and currently a 20 year employee at Mount Holyoke College. She holds a B.A. in  Economics and also an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in Social Justice Education. Ms. DeGrenier has been actively involved in the PVCICS community for many years including serving as a founding member and co-chair of the PVCICS Family Association, supporting PVCICS student athletic teams since the inaugural years in soccer, basketball, cross-country and ultimate, current member of the Trusteeship Committee for the PVCICS Board of Trustees,  and a parent of two rising 11th graders, who entered the school in year two. 

Ms. Lian Duan joined the board in 2018. Ms. Duan is the Director of Educational Programs at Boston Roundtable a local Education Business Company, whose mission is to promote the cultural and educational exchange between China and the U.S. In the meantime, she is attending UMass to advance her study in the education field. Previously she had taught at PVCICS for eight years, first as a second-grade Chinese immersion teacher, then a middle school math teacher. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She lives in Hadley with her husband and her son who is a student at PVCICS. 

Mr. Sebastian English (High School Student Trustee) joined PVCICS in 6th grade and is currently a sophomore in the class of ’22.  He is a regular member of five high school clubs and is captain of both the school soccer team and alpine ski team.  Sebastian also serves as student representative to the Holyoke Public Library Board of Trustees.  Sebastian is one of three siblings at the school.

Mrs. Elizabeth "Betty" Larivee, (Secretary)joined the board in 2016.  She is a retired educator with over 35 years of public school experience as a teacher and administrator in both regular education and special education.  She also taught for several years at Westfield State University.  During her career, she was an active community volunteer and served on several civic and educational Boards.  In addition to PVCICS, she is currently a Regional Director with Quota International (service organization) and an officer with a local Disability Commission.  She holds a Master's Degree in Learning Disabilities and Advanced Degrees in Educational Administration.
Ms. A. Juliet Larke joined the Board in 2019.  She has worked as a public school teacher since 2002 and currently works for Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School.  Ms. Larke holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. from Lesley University focused on Curriculum and Instruction and Instructional/Creative Arts in Learning.  Her focus throughout her work has been access to education via technology and the arts.  Ms. Larke is also the parent of an elementary student at PVCICS.

Mr. Scott Livingstone, joined the board in 2015. As Chief of Police for the Town of Amherst since 2009 and having served on the Amherst Police Department for over thirty years, Mr. Livingstone has extensive experience on federal, state, and local levels addressing public safety matters, community relations, and overall government and administrative issues. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Law Enforcement, Mr.Livingstone continued his education by taking part in several professional trainings including the FBI National Academy as part of the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Livingstone is a parent of three PVCICS students. 

Mr. Roland Mandler (Treasurer) joined the board in 2017.  Mr. Mandler retired to the Pioneer Valley in 2015, after 35 years developing sonar systems  for the US Navy and managing a group of 40 engineers for BBN Technologies. Since retirement, he has coached Lego Robotics, first at the Hadley Elementary School and most recently at PVCICS. Roland is an active member of the New England Cichlid Association and is working to establish a captive breeding program at PVCICS for tropical fish that are endangered or extinct in the wild. Mr. Mandler is a parent of one child at PVCICS.

Mr. Dan O’Shea, joined the board in 2015. Mr. O'Shea is a Chief Engineer of software development at Textron Systems Corporation. Prior to working at Textron, he worked for a variety of technology companies throughout Massachusetts. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst where he majored in Computer Systems Engineering. He lives with his wife and two children, who are students attending PVCICS. 

Mr. Dana Parsons  (Chair), joined the board in 2018. He is currently the Physics Lab Manager at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Previously, he was in the physics department at Smith College. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and is involved with the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC ), whose mission is to improve and promote the education of future physics teachers. 

Ms. Paula Quinn (Vice Chair), joined the board in 2015As founder and principal of Quinn Evaluation Consulting, she evaluates education-related programs at federal, state, and local levels. These programs focus on the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), literacy, student life, project-based learning, learning communities, and teacher professional development, and they involve educators, administrators, and students from pre-K through higher education institutions. She earned an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Clark University and a B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. 

Ms. Hannah Treworgy, Faculty Representative, joined the board in 2019. She has been an elementary teacher at PVCICS since 2011, and is the proud parent of a PVCICS student.  Prior to teaching in the Pioneer Valley, Ms. Treworgy taught in Worcester, Boston, and South Korea. She has a background in theatre and television, which she uses every day in her work in the classroom. She holds an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Clark University and a B.A. in Drama from Mills College.

Mr. Peter Wood joined the board in 2017.  Mr. Wood is a psychotherapist working in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals in Amherst.  He has worked throughout the continuum of behavioral health care since 1990, providing opportunities for understanding and facilitating personal and organizational change as a therapist, an educator at Westfield State University, and as Director of behavioral health services at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and CSO.  Mr. Wood has been an active part of the PVCICS community since his sons started in 1st and 6th grades.  He founded and coaches our first sports team, Ultimate Frisbee, supervises Ping Pong club and shows up in any way he can to help make PVCICS a great place to learn.