Approved February 3, 2005††††††††††††††††††† Holliston Public Schools

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† School Committee Meeting

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† January 20, 2005

 

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

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Jackson, Mr. Cornely

 

Absent:††††††††††† Mrs. McColl

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved the minutes of the December 16, 2004 Open Session as presented.

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

 

The December 16, 2004 Executive Session minutes were corrected to state that Mr. Ganzenmuller was absent.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve and retain the December 16, 2004 Executive Session minutes as amended.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee voted to approve and retain the January 8, 2005 Executive Session minutes as presented.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee voted to approve the January 8, 2005, Budget Meeting minutes as presented.

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

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Emmons commented on the following upcoming programs: Miller School 5th Grade Band Concert on January 25th, Miller School Math Night on January 27th and the High School Evening at the Pops on January 28th.

 

Central Office Administratorís Comment

††††††††††† Mr. Jackson thanked the administrative team for their well organized budget presentations.

 

Mr. Cornely commended the High School Seniors on their annual Holiday Party for children in the Milford Head Start Program.The students raised over $5,200 to purchase gifts for the children.

††††††††††† He thanked the organizers of this wonderful project.

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Public Comment

††††††††††† There was no public comment.

 

Presentations

Automated External Defibulators (AEDs)

Cathi Porcello, Nurse Leader, informed the Committee that the Holliston School System was able to purchase 6 automated defibrillators (AEDs) through various grants.There will be one AED housed at each school, one at town hall, and one that will travel with sports teams.These AEDs will be available to the public in order to facilitate the delivery of early defibrillation to victims of cardiac arrest, in order to maximize their chance of survival.Ms. Porcello presented the proposed protocol for public access to automated external defibrillation program, which includes training. Discussion was held.It was suggested that a policy be written regarding AEDs, and that MASC be contacted regarding the development ofa statewide policy.In the meantime, the AEDs will be deployed for use.

 

Communicating Architecture Past and Present

Lisa Lawrence Bynoe, art teacher, Kathy Dooley, Director of Technology, and students Skyler Chick, Toni LaCava and Marie Grunbeck presented the results of a grant that Holliston received from the Massachusetts Department of Education.This grant was for the development of a model technology integration project in collaborationwith Framingham High School. The grant allowed the schools to purchase $30,000 of technology and photography equipment, and to hire Lynne Damianos, a photographer,as an artist-in-residence.The outcomes of this grant include an authentic experience with a professional photographer, community connections and a permanent digital photography lab with 15 cameras, 3 printers and other equipment.The students presented a display of their work, along with explanations of their experience and what they learned from this project.

 

Logo for Holliston Public Schools

Lisa Lawrence Bynoe, Doug Lack and Andrew Blackmore displayed drafts of possible logos created for the Holliston Public Schools.Copies of these logos will be given to Mr. Jackson and the School Committee for input prior to designing a final logo.

 

School Attorney Interviews

At 7:38 pm, The School Committee began Interviews for the School Attorney Candidates.

 

Representatives from Stoneman, Chandler and Miller presented their proposal.Questions were asked.

 

Representatives from Kopelman and Paige presented their proposal.Questions were asked.

 

Representatives from Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane presented their proposal.Questions were asked.

 

Mr. Jackson stated that three of the four candidates for School Attorney were able to attend tonightís meeting.He suggested continuing the process with these three candidates. The next step involves Mr. Jackson, Mrs. Deering and Mrs. Colarusso performing individual reference checks with other Superintendents, School Committee representatives and Special Education Directors.Upon the completion of reference checks, the Committee will discuss recommendations and next steps.

The Committee returned to the regular agenda at 9:10 pm.

 

Policy

Operation of Tower Lighting for Kamitian Field (Policy KFCA)

Mrs. Emmons presented the subcommittee recommendations for amending Policy KFCA, the lighting for Kamitian Field.The recommended amendment was to change the number of tower illuminations from, not to exceed 9 events per academic year, to not to exceed 20 events per year. They also recommended adding a paragraph about keeping the field clean of trash.Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Deering reported on the feedback they received prior to the meeting regarding the increase of lighting.Individual neighbors at the School Committee meeting shared their concerns.†† There was an open dialog regarding their concerns and suggestions for improvement.†† It was recommended that the paragraph on trash be included in the building use policy , and not in a policy specific to lighting.The Policy Subcommittee will review the policy and present it at a future meeting.

 

Personnel

There was no personnel discussion.

 

Old Business

Baseball and Softball Fields

Mr. Jones informed the Committee that he attended a meeting with representatives from the Holliston Youth Baseball and Softball Association and the Holliston Park and Recreation Department to discuss the Granite City Lighting Award.He stated that a plan must be provided to the Planning Board for review and approval.The Holliston Youth Baseball and Softball Association will write the plan, however, the School Committee must approve the submission of an application because the lights are on school fields.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Ganzenmuller, seconded by Mr. Post, the Committee voted to approve a site plan review application for lights at the Adams and the Damigella fields.

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

 

Wilder School Future Use

Mr. Jackson stated that the Committee must make a final decision about the future of the Wilder School building.The building is currently being used for storage.He stated that if the building is deemed not acceptable for school use, we should return it to the town for sale to the highest bidder.It was suggested that we receive input from town administrators and the Historical Society Commission prior todiscussing it at the next Committee meeting.

 

School Budget Update

The Finance Committee has called an all boards meeting for Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 7:30 pm.The Ď06 Budget will be presented to the School Committee at the February 3, 2005 meeting.It was stated that the website should be updated with the new budget schedule.Town meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2005.

 

New Business

Assistant SuperintendentísReport

Mr. Cornely informed the Committee that the Holliston High School Information Night was held on January 5, 2005.The meeting was well attended.An assembly will be held for the 8th grade students in March, followed by a second parent meeting regrading course selection.

 

Business Managerís Report

Mr. Buday presented the Second Quarter 2005 Fiscal report.He stated that his projections call for a shortfall of $38,820.A detailed report was provided to the School Committee. No action is recommended at this time.

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $15,325.19.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $21,550.23.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee approved a bill warrant in the amount of $324,658.51.

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

 

Items of Information

1.There was an article on the French Immersion program in the December 22, 2004addition of the Metrowest Daily News.This year is the 30th Anniversary of the program.

2.The 2005 Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, 2005 at 7:30 pm in the Holliston High School Auditorium.

3.School Committee members received a copy of a letter from Holliston Cable Access regarding upgrades recently made.

4.School Committee members received a copy of a letter from the Holliston VFW, thanking the football team for helping with the Christmas dinner for the Holliston senior community.

5.School Committee members received a packet of information regarding the Professional Day activities held on January 18, 2005.

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next School Committee meeting will be held on February 3, 2005 at 7:00 pm.Agenda items include FY06 Budget recommendations, the 2005 - 2006 School Calendar, the Wilder School and update on the School Attorney.

 

Adjournment of Open Session

At 10:15 pm, Mr. Jackson announced that there is a need for Executive Session for the purpose of collective bargaining, from which the Committee will not return to open session.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mr. Jones, the Committee voted to move into Executive Session for the purpose of collective bargaining from which they will not be returning to Open Session.

 

Mrs. Deering, yes;Mr. Ganzenmuller, yes; Mr. Jones, yes; Mr. Post, yes; Mrs. Foote, yes;

Mrs. Emmons, yes.

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