Approved March 17, 2005            Holliston Public School

Holliston, MA

 

School Committee Meeting

March 3, 2005

 

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

                        Mr. Cornely, Mr. Jackson

 

Absent:            Mrs. Foote

 

Call to Order

Mrs. Deering called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm.  She welcomed Boy Scouts Davis O’Brien and Eric DeSnyder, who were attending the meeting as part of the Civics Badge.

 

Minutes

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee voted to approve the minutes of the February 17th Executive Session.

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

 

The approval of the minutes from the February 17th Open Session was postponed.

 

Communications

School Committee Individual Comment

Mrs. Emmons stated that she attended a wonderful Open House at the High School.  She announced the following dates: The HEF Spelling Bee will be held on March 10th, Placentino Math Night will be held on March 16th and the PTSA Auction will be held on April 9th.   The Holliston Music Parents Group is selling raffle tickets to raise money for the upcoming trip to Orlando.

 

Central Office Administrator’s Comment

Mr. Jackson congratulated Brad Nock on receiving his Eagle Scout Award.   He reported that Kindergarten Information Night was held on Tuesday, March 1st. 

 

Mr. Cornely announced that the High School AP Science Showcase will he held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on March 8th.   The first annual Academic Bowl was recently held at the Middle School.  Mr. Cornely thanked the organizers of this event for a successful, productive and fun program.

 

Opportunity for Public to Address the School Committee

Colleen Simonelli and Bruce Baldwin from Holliston Youth Soccer Association (HYSA) requested permission to use the lights at Kamitian Field on Saturday, May 28th as part of the Memorial Day Tournament.  Holliston is being considered as a site to host a Massachusetts Premier Soccer game that evening.  Proceeds from the game will support the Marshall Street fields. Discussion was held, including the recent concerns expressed by the abutters. This item will be placed on the March 17th agenda for a vote.

 

Davis O’Brien expressed concern regarding the recent ban of drinking water from water bottles at the Middle School.  Mr. Jackson explained the reason for this ban.

 

Presentations

Mrs. Canty presented an Inter-generational Project at the High School, involving the Holliston Garden Club, the High School and Holliston Manor.  Students from Mr. LeVesque’s manufacturing technology class designed and built a wheelchair accessible planting bench, as requested by the Garden Club.   The bench was brought to Holliston Manor by the students. 

 

Policy

The Policy subcommittee presented changes to Policy KF, Use of School Facilities (previously Community Use of School Facility).  Mrs Emmons reviewed the changes which include the addition of a statement that those using school facilities are responsible for cleaning all areas after use including trash removal.  The statement “Failure to comply with this policy may result in restriction of future use of school facilities” was also added to the policy.  Other minor changes were reviewed.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. Emmons, seconded by Mrs. McColl, the Committee voted to amend the policy with changes noted.

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

 

Personnel

The Superintendent Evaluation subcommittee distributed a timeline for the process of evaluating the Superintendent’s performance for the 04-05 school year.  The timeline includes the distribution of the evaluation form to School Committee members on April 1st, and a form submission date of April 15th.   The public summative evaluation will occur on May 5th.

 

Old Business

FY06 Budget Discussion

Mr. Jones, Mr. Ganzenmuller and Mr. Post presented the School Committee Budget Subcommittee’s Recommended FY06 Spending Plan.  They reviewed the budget process to date and the budget atmosphere. The Superintendent’s recommended FY06 increase was $2,025.593.  After review,  the subcommittee recommended  adjustments to the Superintendent’s recommended budget.  In summary, the subcommittee’s recommended FY06 Spending Plan is $24,939,950.  The Town Meeting Approved FY05 Budget is $23,123,094.  The recommended increase is $1,816,856, or 7.86%.

 

Discussion was held and next steps were reviewed. 

 

On a motion made by Mrs. McColl, seconded by Mr. Post, the Committee adopted a FY06 Spending Plan of $24,939,950 as recommended by the Budget Subcommittee.

Vote:    Favor: 6            Oppose: 0         Abstain: 0         Absent: 1

New Business

Superintendent’s report

Mr. Jackson reported that the Police Department has requested the use of Flagg School as a temporary Policy Station if their renovation project moves forward.  Discussion was held.  A public hearing will be planned, and school parents will be invited to attend

 

Business Manager’s Report

Mr. Buday informed the Committee that he recently met with representatives from HYBSA and the Parks and Recreation Committee regarding the lighting of the Adams and Damigella fields.  He introduced 6 items that they recommend being incorporated into a School Committee Policy.  There is a Planning Board meeting on March 17th, and approval to move forward is needed by the School Committee.  Discussion was held.

 

On a motion made by Mrs. McColl, seconded by Mr. Ganzenmuller, the Committee voted to approve the installation of lights on Adams and Damigella Fields subject to Planning Board approval.

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

 

Principal’s report

High School Out of State Field Trip Request

Mrs. Canty requested that Best Buddies be allowed to attend a field trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters in Providence, Rhode Island on March 24, 2005.

On a motion made by Mrs. McColl, seconded by Mrs. Emmons, the Committee approved the Best Buddies field trip to Providence, Rhode Island.

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

 

High School Accreditation Update

Mrs. Canty described the accreditation process. The Commission approved the High School progress report and made commendable progress in many areas.  Discussion was held and Mrs. Canty and her staff were congratulated for the school’s remarkable progress.

 

Warrants

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mrs. McColl, the Committee voted to approve a cafeteria revolving account bill in the amount of $13,381.03.

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

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mrs. McColl, the Committee voted to approve a bill warrant in the amount of $142,160.28.

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

 

Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items

The next meeting will be held on March 17, 2005 at 7:00 pm.  Agenda items include review of Stanford results, HYSA’s request fo the lighting of Kamitian Field, and the Wilder School.

 

Agenda items for the April 7, 2005 meeting include the request by the Police Department to temporarily use Flagg School and a Budget Public Hearing.

 

Adjournment

Mr. Jackson announced that there is no need for Executive Session.

 

On a motion made by Mr. Post, seconded by Mrs. McColl, the Committee voted to adjourn the School Committee meeting at 8:52 pm.

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