Approved April 1, 2004           Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, MA


School Committee Meeting

March 18, 2004


Present:         Mr. Coppelman, Mr. Ganzenmuller, Mr. Jones, Mr. Post, Mrs. Deering, Dr. Young.


Absent:            Mrs. Matz, Mrs.McColl (arrived at 7:30 pm)


Call to Order


Mr. Coppelman called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.




On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved the minutes from the February 26, 2004 School Committee Meeting.

Vote:    Favor: 3            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 2 (Mr. Ganzenmuller)   Absent: 2 (Mrs. Matz)

                                                                              (Mrs. Deering)                        (Mrs. McColl)




Public Comment            none


School Committee        Mrs. Deering stated that she started reviewing the Superintendent 

candidate packets.  She is excited about what she saw, and is looking forward to meeting the candidates.  She thanked the Search Advisory Committee for their work.

Mr. Coppelman also thanked the Search Advisory Committee.  He discussed



                                                that it is now the job of the School Committee to market the Holliston schools to the fullest extent of their ability.

Superintendent        none



Edward and Jane O’Neill moved to Ashland on December 5, 2003.  They are requesting that their three children remain in the Holliston Public Schools for the remainder of the 2003 - 2004 school year.   Mrs. Deering read policy JECB.  The policy states that a student who moves during their Senior year, may complete the school year in Holliston.  The policy states that a student in grades kindergarten to Grade 11, may complete the school year if they move after March 1.  The O’Neill family moved in December, however, they did not notify the School Committee of their move until March 15, 2004.   They are now asking for a waiver of policy.


Discussion was held regarding community awareness of this policy.  The O’Neill’s oldest child is a Senior, so does not need a policy waiver.  Discussion was held regarding the importance of keeping the family together.  It was also stated that it would be disruptive to the children to make them move this late in the school year.


On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee approved a waiver of Policy JECB, allowing Brittany and Edward O’Neill to remain in the Holliston schools for the remainder of the 2003 - 2004 school year.

Vote:    Favor: 5            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 0         Absent: 2 (Mrs. Matz, Mrs. McColl)


New Business


Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Young stated that she will present a report on the Stanford Tests and discuss recommendations for unpaid leave at the next meeting.


FY04 Quarter Budget Update

Mr. Buday reported that at this point in the school year, we are favorable $268,000.  This has decreased since the last report, due to money being used to purchase the computers at Placentino.


FY05 Budget Update


(Mrs. McColl arrives at 7:30 pm.)


The Budget Subcommittee presented an update of the FY05 budget.  The FY04 Appropriation is $22,323,094.  The FY05 Needs Budget is $23,892,886, which is a 7% increase from FY04.  Mr. Jones demonstrated how this amount can be reduced to a 5.6% increase by specific reductions and the additional revenue of 16 school choice children.  This total can be further reduced to a 3.8% increase by the use of offsets and FY04 favorability.   Mr. Jones demonstrated how this could be brought to a 3% increase, if needed, by the reduction of 3 teachers and additional revenue of club fees and athletic fees.  This would bring the budget to $22,995,725, which is a net budget increase of 3%.


Mr. Jones prepared and presented a FY05 Budget Summary.  The proposed budget includes an additional 14.9 FTEs, primarily in the classrooms, keeping class size within the district guidelines.  Discussion was held regarding adding $20 to the Athletic fee to cover the cost of Freshman Sports. 


Mr. Coppelman praised the budget subcommittee and the administration on their work on the budget.  Mr. Jones reported on the positive dialog between the Finance Committee and the Budget Subcommittee.  At our current 3.8% budget, we are in the expected recommended range.


The next step in the process is the Budget Hearing, to be held on April 1, 2004.  Open items include increasing the cost of the athletic fee by $20 to fund Freshman sports, club fees and the projected amount of favorability. 



The next School Committee meeting will be held on April 1, 2004 beginning at 7:00 pm. 

The Public Hearing on the budget will begin at 8:00 pm on April 1, 2004.   

Superintendent candidate interviews will take place the week of April 12.  There will be no open session on April 15, 2004. 

There will be a School Committee meeting on April 29, 2004.  Wilder School will be discussed at this meeting.

There will be a School Committee meeting on May 6, 2004.

The Town meeting will be held on May 10 and 11, 2004.

Town elections will be held on May 18, 2004.



At 7:55 pm, Mr. Coppelman reported that there is a need for Executive Session to discuss the District Attorney’s request for advised minutes.  He stated they will not return to open session.


Vote:    Mr. Coppelman, yes; Mrs. Deering, yes; Mr. Post, yes; Mr. Jones, Yes; Mr. Ganzenmuller, yes; Mrs. McColl, yes.