Approved 7/17/04                       Holliston Public Schools

Holliston, Massachusetts

 

School Committee Meeting

June 17, 2004

 

Present:           Mrs. Foote, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Deering, Mr. Post, Mr. Ganzenmuller,

                        Dr. Young

 

Absent:            Mrs. McColl

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm.  She announced that the meeting would begin with the reorganization of the School Committee for the 2004 -2005 school year.

 

School Committee Reorganization for 2004 - 2005

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee elected Lisa Deering as Chairperson of the School Committee.

Vote:    Favor: 5            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 1 (Mrs. Deering)          Absent: 1 (Mrs. McColl)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee elected Larry Post as Vice Chairperson of the School Committee.

Vote:    Favor: 5            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 1 (Mr. Post)                 Absent: 1 (Mrs. McColl)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee appointed Mindee Meltzer as Recording Secretary for the School Committee.

Vote:    Favor: 6            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 0         Absent: 1 (Mrs. McColl)

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee accepted the minutes of the June 3, 2004 School Committee meeting.

Vote:    Favor: 6            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 0         Absent: 1 (Mrs. McColl)

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee accepted the minutes of the June 3, 2004 Executive Session.

Vote:    Favor: 6            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 0         Absent: 1 (Mrs. McColl)

 

Communications

Public Comment           

Mark and Dominique Jacobson, of Peter Street, addressed the School Committee regarding safety concerns at the Placentino Elementary School.   They stated that the front door is unsupervised and that other doors are not always locked, as they should be. They provided suggestions including a receptionist in the front hallway, alarmed doors, and badges for staff and visitors.  Mrs. Weene thanked them for their comments and confirmed that safety was at the top of the priority list.  She explained procedures currently in place and presented the goal around school safety as described in the 2004-2005 School Improvement Plan.  Discussion was held regarding badges for staff.  The current procedure of all visitors wearing badges when they are in school should be reviewed and reinforced with parents each year.

 

School Committee Individual Comments

Mrs. Emmons thanked all the committees, students and staff for making the High School, 8th Grade and 5th Grade Graduations such wonderful experiences for the students.

 

Mrs. Deering stated that this was Dr. Young’s last meeting.  She thanked Dr. Young for the dedication and leadership that she brought to the building projects and to the realignment of the schools and curriculum. On behalf of the Committee, she wished her well.

 

Superintendent Comment

            There was no Superintendent comment.

 

Presentations

Dr. Young announced that Doug Lack received the Champions of Arts Education Award as a Distinguished Educator of Visual Arts.  There were 1000s of applicants, and the award was only given to 9 individuals in the state.  She praised Mr. Lack for his work with Studio 370 and for his continued advocacy for the students in Holliston.

 

Mrs. Canty announced that Dorothy Quinn was chosen as the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Massachusetts.  She will receive the award at the National Association of Biology Teachers Convention in Chicago this November.

 

Personnel

Dr. Young reported that there are currently 7 job descriptions for review.  These positions include: Technology Integration Specialist, Accounts Payable, Wage and Salary Supervisor, Student Support Service Director, Adm. Asst. to the Superintendent of Schools, Title I Summer Reading Teacher and Title 1 Math Tutor.  The Committee discussed the inconsistencies in how the descriptions are formatted.  It was stated that the descriptions should not include salary.  In addition, some job titles are different than the titles listed in the contracts.   Some descriptions list who the person reports to, and who reports to them.  They should all be consistent.  If the position does not involve supervision, this should be stated.  Dr. Young will  make the noted changes, and they will be presented at the next meeting.

 

Mrs. Weene announced that she would like to post the positions for the Title I Math Tutor and Title I Summer Reading Teacher on June 18, 2004.  Discussion was held regarding these positions.  The Committee gave approval to post the positions on June 18th, using the correct format.

 

It was announced that Mr. Post will be the School Committee Representative on the Screening Committee for the Student Support Service Director.

 

Old Business

Chief Cassidy would like to have the School Committee’s decision regarding commitment to the Emergency Notification System as soon as possible, due to the upcoming grant application deadline.  It was stated that the Principals did have a meeting to further discuss the system.  Mrs. Canty reported that after research and discussions, the School Principals support the use of a town Emergency Notification System, as presented by Chief Cassidy.  Discussion was held, and the School Committee agreed to support the system based on the administrative feedback.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mr. Post, the Committee voted to support Chief Cassidy in acquiring a town Emergency Notification System.  The amount of financial support given to help purchase the system will be determined at a later date.

Vote:    Favor: 6            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 0         Absent: 1 (Mrs. McColl)

 

New Business

Dr. Young reported that we will be visited by the Department of Education in January, 2005 to review specific programs.  These programs include: Special Education, Civil Rights, Chapter 71 - English Language Education, and Title I.  Discussion was held regarding the possible postponement of the review, due to the recent hiring of a new Superintendent and an incoming Student Service Director.   Details of a review were discussed, and Dr. Young stated that she was confident we would have a successful review. 

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee voted to approve a bill warrant in the amount of $257,554.29.

Vote:    Favor: 6            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 0         Absent: 1 (Mrs. McColl)

 

Calendar

The School Committee retreat will be held on July 12, 2004.

 

The next School Committee meeting will be held on July 15, 2004.

 

The August Committee meetings will be set at the next meeting.

 

The Annual Massachusetts School Committee Conference will be held on October 27-29, 2004 in Worcester.

 

Adjournment

Mrs. Deering announced that there was no need for Executive Session.

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the School Committee voted to adjourn at 8:35 pm.

Vote:    Favor: 6            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 0         Absent: 1 (Mrs. McColl)