Financial Policy Advisory Team (FinPAT)

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  • Priscilla Mandrachia, Chair
    Appropriations Committee Clerk
  • John Hine, Clerk
    Selectboard Chair
  • Francis DeToma, Member
    Selectboard Member
  • Lisa Gebhardt, Alternate Member
    Appropriations Committee Member

  • Stephen Hamlin, Member
    Appropriations Committee Clerk
  • Kevin McAllister, Member
    School Committee Vice Chair
  • Thomas Terry, Member
    Appropriations Committee Chair
  • Barry Waite, Member
    School Committee Chair
The mission of Financial Policy Advisory Team (FinPAT) is to advise the South Hadley Selectboard on major issues affecting the Town of South Hadley.  

Major concerns and issues (primarily financial) will be examined, assessed, and recommended by FinPAT. Afterward, the Selectboard will agree to the recommendations. The DOR report will be 1 source, but not necessarily the only source, of potential financial policies under consideration for examination.


  1. Determine goal – what is the issue being addressed? 
  2. Define the issue under consideration. 
  3. Who are the subject matter experts needed to understand the specifics of what already exists relative to the issue. What are its components? Is there any policy already existing that could serve as a precedent, or that might be complementary or conflicting? In addition to the subject matter experts, are there others in Town Hall who might be affected by the issue?
  4. Given the particulars of the issue, determine the specific research and analysis necessary.  Involve subject matter experts and others as necessary. Discuss preferred format for findings and discuss the targeted time frame.
  5. Assess the results of research and analysis. Continue research and analysis as necessary.
  6. Determine results of research and analysis. Discuss and determine conclusion. Use subject matter experts and others to assess impact of conclusion, including unanticipated consequences on departments. Discuss preliminary findings with Selectboard, School Committee, and Appropriations Committee for feedback.
  7. Develop recommendation for presentation and discussion.