Board of Trustees

Overview of the Board of Trustees 

Overview of the Board of Trustees The Board of Trustees is committed to providing all students with a classical liberal arts education. The board has goals that are established by the school’s charter.

The Board of Trustees of a charter school is a governmental body; it must comply with the state's Open Meeting Law, MGL c.30A, s.18-25. Please note that the Board meeting schedule and meeting time are subject to change at the discretion of the Chair.

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School to solicit written concerns from parents prior to the monthly Board meeting. Letters addressed to the Board of Trustees must be submitted AnnMarie Little, Director of Government Relations at 10 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606 Attention: Board of Trustees.

All requests to address the Board of Trustees must be submitted in writing not less than 7 calendar days prior to the meeting; the request must identify the subject of the presentation to be made to the Board. The Board will seek, prior to the meeting for which the request is made, to notify the person making the request whether the Board will recognize him or her during the public comment period of the meeting.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A Section 20(f) governs public participation at open meetings of municipal government bodies as follows: Section 20(f). No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the chair, and all persons shall, at the request of the chair, be silent. No person shall disrupt the proceedings of a meeting of a public body. If, after clear warning from the chair, a person continues to disrupt the proceedings, the chair may order the person to withdraw from the meeting and if the person does not withdraw, the chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person from the meeting.

The Board of Trustees will make it a practice to set aside a period of time at each regular business meeting to hear from members of the public on matters that concern the School. The Board, acting by its Chair reserves the right to decline to hear any member of the public on a matter that the Board judges is appropriately addressed to the Executive Director or to any other administrative officer or that is for any other reason not appropriately addressed to the Board. The Board of Trustees of a charter school is a governmental body, it must comply with the state's Open Meeting Law, MGL c. 30A, s.18-25.

Board of Trustees Members 2017 - 2018

The Abby Kelley Foster Charter Board of Trustees consists of the following members:

  • Heidi M. Paluk, Chair
  • Patrick Royce, Treasurer
  • Alicia M. O’Connell, Esq., Clerk
  • Celia J. Blue
  • Ryan M. Kittredge, CFP
  • Randy Schmid
  • Susan Scully-Hill, Ph.D., CRC
  • James M. Walsh
  • Shelly Yarnie

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule 2017-2018*

6:30p.m. in the High School

(Usually the last Wednesday of each month)

  • Wednesday, August 30
  • Wednesday, September 20 (3rd Wednesday)
  • Wednesday, October 25
  • Wednesday, November 29
  • Wednesday, December 20 (3rd Wednesday)
  • Wednesday, January 31
  • Wednesday, February 28
  • Wednesday, March 28
  • Wednesday, April 25
  • Wednesday, May 23
  • Wednesday, June 13 June 20


Facilities&Finance Committee Meetings   2017-2018*

7:45a.m. in the Middle School

(Usually the 3rd Friday of each month)

  • Friday, September 15
  • Friday, October 20
  • Friday, November 17
  • Friday, December 15
  • Friday, January 19
  • Friday, February 16
  • Friday, March 16 and 23
  • Friday, April 6 (1st Friday)
  • Thursday, April 12 (tentative)
  • Friday, May 18
  • Friday, June 1 (1st Friday) June 15


Education Committee Meetings          2017-2018*

7:45a.m. in the Middle School

(Usually the 2nd Friday of each month)

  • Friday, September 8
  • Friday, October 13
  • Friday, November 3 (1st Friday)
  • Friday, December 8
  • Friday, January 12
  • Friday, February 9
  • Friday, March 9
  • Friday, April 13
  • Friday, May 11 May 25
  • Friday, June 8





*All meetings are subject to change. View the calendar at for up-to-date information and agenda postings.


links.JPG Board of Trustees Documents
Name Date Posted   Extension   Filesize  
Sep 12, 2017 1:26pm pdf 274.74 KB
Sep 12, 2017 1:25pm pdf 630.67 KB
Sep 18, 2017 11:55am pdf 262.90 KB
May 12, 2016 7:54am pdf 115.02 KB
May 11, 2016 3:07pm pdf 124.47 KB
May 11, 2016 3:07pm pdf 103.91 KB
May 12, 2016 7:53am pdf 133.78 KB
Aug 27, 2015 1:58pm pdf 111.35 KB
Sep 09, 2016 3:23pm pdf 186.52 KB
Sep 12, 2017 9:12am pdf 1,069.22 KB
Jun 09, 2017 7:35am pdf 511.88 KB
May 12, 2016 8:04am pdf 357.64 KB
May 12, 2016 8:03am pdf 245.81 KB
Sep 22, 2016 4:26pm pdf 306.14 KB
Sep 22, 2016 4:26pm pdf 308.63 KB
Apr 14, 2016 11:59am pdf 518.70 KB
BOT Calendar
Board of Trustees
Heidi Paluk
Heidi Paluk

 Patrick Royce
Patrick Royce

 Celia J. Blue
Celia J. Blue

 Alicia O'Connell Esq.
Alicia O'Connell Esq.

 James M. Walsh
James M. Walsh

 Susan Scully-Hill
Susan Scully-Hill

 Shelly Yarnie
Shelly Yarnie